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  • Sterling silver - what about the hallmark?

    I'd like to make beaded jewellery using my own sterling silver wire rather than using pre-made findings but how will people know they are silver? I always look for the hallmark when I buy silver jewellery, but obviously I can't hallmark my pieces.

    What do you all do?

    Hope it's not a silly question....

  • #2
    Look at this thread - should help

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    • #3
      That answers my question perfectly....thanks.

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      • #4
        If I remember from my Jewellery/silversmithing days (please corrrect me if I've got this wrong) you can still sell silver & gold jewellery without a hallmark you just can't say it's gold or silver. You have to say it's white or yellow metal. It's a way of starting off.

        I've bought jewellery from galleries marked up like that.

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        • #5
          Sterling silver items can be sold as Sterling silver without a hallmark - as long as they are under 7.78g. Anything over 7.78g must be hallmarked if it is being sold as sterling silver.

          If you have any querys, do ask the assay office, they are very helpful, and it can get a bit confusing with certain things, so no bad thing to check with them directly
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          • #6
            Thanks Kernowcraft; that's useful to know.

            Littlehands....I would be very disappointed to pay the extra for silver wire and not to be able to say in all honestly that it was silver. If people are looking for silver, they won't be tempted to buy anything else.

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            • #7
              You're able to to use a metal 925 stamp on your Sterling Silver, but once your item is made up of more than 7.78g of Sterling Silver in total, it then needs a full Assay Office hallmark. To get the assay office hallmark you need to send your item to them and pay a fee.

              If you use under 7.78g of Sterling Silver components in your item you can still call it Sterling Silver, but once over this amount you can no longer call it Sterling Silver without the full Assay office hallmark. This is to protect consumers.

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              • #8
                Remember also that if you're selling sterling silver (even under the weight limit and unhallmarked) you must display a dealers notice, which can be downloaded here: http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/dealers_notices.html
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                • #9
                  Eeek. So I must display a notice saying "check it's hallmarked for your safety" when I'm not hallmarking mine (provided they are under 7.78g). Won't that raise some awkward questions?

                  Or did I read it wrong?

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                  • #10
                    I guess you do - you said above that you wanted to be able to tell people you're using sterling silver (even if it's not hallmarked), so I guess the dealers notice is a requirement

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                    • #11
                      You read correctly It's easy to point out that pieces are below the hallmark requirement weight though. A 925 stamp does help this, but has no legal standing at all, and sadly is often misused.
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                      • #12
                        Thanks for your advice. Once I start selling I will make sure to display the notice.

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                        • #13
                          [QUOTE=mizgeorge;391906]Remember also that if you're selling sterling silver (even under the weight limit and unhallmarked) you must display a dealers notice, which can be downloaded here:

                          Hi, sorry for picking up an old post, but I just wanted to know, do you have to display the dealers notice on a website if selling under the weight limit?
                          Thank you
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                          • #14
                            There's no requirement to show a dealers notice on any website - many people do it voluntarily to reassure their customers. If you sell in person (even a table at a school fair) you must, however, display a full A4 size notice.
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                            • #15
                              Thank you thats helpful to know.
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