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  • Hallmark law

    Hi all

    I must have being living on another planet. I just had a query from a potential customer regarding hallmark of a hill tribe necklace I am selling on my website. I was un aware of this law; can anyone tell me how do I go about getting my jewellery hallmark and any idea of cost?
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  • #2
    Here is a link to the Assay Office should have all the info you need. They are very helpful if you need any more or anything explained. And yes it does cost as everything always does. My registration and stamp was approx £150 in total, then you pay a fee for each piece you have stamped by them.

    HTH, Mo.XX

    http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/she.html
    Last edited by MornieG Jewellery; 07-06-2011, 09:25 PM. Reason: Stupid here forgot the link doh!!!
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    • #3
      Definitely another planet - this is one that comes up pretty regularly!!

      In very simple terms, if a piece has more than 7.78g of silver in it (or 1g of gold), it must, by law, be hallmarked. You can register your own mark or use a hallmarking service. If you sell any piece above that weight and describe it as sterling or fine silver without a hallmark, you are breaking the law, and trading standards are getting pretty strict on this. The fines are horrendous too.

      Looking at your pieces (nice website btw), you have a lot of pieces that on sight would definitely come in at more than 7.78g. It's actually quite scary just how little that is when you put a piece on the scales!

      As you're in London, you might want to look at the London Assay Office for your own mark - you could certainly save a lot of postage and unpacking charges by delivering and collecting in person rather than having to post.

      Now I'm off to look at your cabs.....
      george
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      • #4
        Ditto previous remark. I have a hallmark for the shop set up at Goldsmith Hall for pieces made in pmc/art clay. I think it cost about £155 and additionally there is a charge for each piece. Though I have seen pieces in jewellers described 'without hallmark' - so asking the pertinent question at the Assay Office may be the key.

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        • #5
          Yes, it looks like I was on another planet I can’t believed I miss that law. Thank you all for replying and your help.
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          http://www.facebook.com/Beadaliciousbeads
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          • #6
            I'm on another planet too - I didn't even think hill tribe was silver. I thought it was some weird cheap alloy thing. Ooops!!!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Luna-Loco View Post
              I'm on another planet too - I didn't even think hill tribe was silver. I thought it was some weird cheap alloy thing. Ooops!!!
              LOL. Hill Tribe should be .999 (fine) silver. However, some people have had 'interesting' results from assaying recently, and I would definitely recommend being a little cautious on describing it as such unless it has been tested.

              The cheap alloy you're probably thinking of is "tibetan" silver - which usually contains no silver whatsoever, and can include some pretty nasty ingredients.
              george
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