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January 2024 Hallmarking Figures

Birmingham Assay Office has compiled t he latest UK Hallmarking figures for all four offices, Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh for January 2024 vs January 2023 .. Hallmarking figures from Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh:  January 2024     Compiled by Birmingham Assay Office Author:  Published: 

Hallmarking Figures - June 2020

The latest hallmarking figures have been released by Birmingham Assay Office. Birmingham Assay Office have released the June 2020 hallmarking figures for all four UK offices Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh, for June 2020 vs June 2019.  The figures, which are widely regarded as a litmus test for the health of the industry, unsuprisingly show the impact of coronavirus. Figures courtesy of Birmingham Assay Office Author:  Published: 

British Hallmarking Council issues guidance on hallmarking of partially constructed items

The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) publishes guidance on hallmarking of partially constructed items. Assay Offices can apply hallmarks to partially constructed items, providing certain conditions are met. These conditions are designed to ensure that the finished article complies with the Hallmarking Act. The BHC’s guidance sets out the conditions: The article must be sufficiently advanced in workmanship If composed of one or more parts, all parts must be present: the guidance gives some examples of required components The article must comply with Hallmarking Act conditions, eg as to fineness, to permit it to be hallmarked If an article is submitted

January 2023 Hallmarking Figures

The latest UK Hallmarking figures have been published for all four offices, Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh for January 2023 vs January 2022 . Hallmarking figures from Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh:  January 2023       January 2022 January 2023 Variance % Gold               999 69 240 171 247.8   990 1 0 -1 -100.0   916 35,641 28,555 -7,086 -19.9   750 62,676 49,595 -13,081 -20.9   585 10,566 12,283 1,717 16.3   375 202,033 126,955 -75,078 -37.2     310,986 217,628 -93,358 -30.0               Silver  

December 2022 Hallmarking Figures

The latest UK Hallmarking figures have been published for all four offices, Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh for December 2022 vs December 2021.   Hallmarking figures from Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh: December 2022       December 2021 December 2022 Variance % Gold               999 27 409 382 1414.8   990 1 0 -1 -100.0   916 30,861 28,263 -2,598 -8.4   750 64,830 51,136 -13,694 -21.1   585 19,643 20,340 697 3.5   375 255,491 142,286 -113,205 -44.3     370,853 242,434 -128,419 -34.6               Silver

November 2022 Hallmarking Figures

The latest UK Hallmarking figures have been published for all four offices, Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh for November 2022 vs November 2021.   Gold       November 2021   November 2022   Variance            %   999 40 570 530 1325.0   990 0 0 0 0.0   916 42,037 36,059 -5,978 -14.2   750 103,757 82,650 -21,107 -20.3   585 33,867 34,969 1,102 3.3   375 374,427 232,810 -141,617 -37.8     554,128 387,058 -167,070 -30.2 Silver               999 2,064 3,303 1,239 60.0   958 2,863 1,094 -1,769 -61.8   925

October 2022 Hallmarking Figures

The latest UK Hallmarking figures have been published for all four offices, Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh for October 2022 vs October 2021.         October 2021 October 2022 Variance % Gold               999 453 930 477 105.3   990 0 1 1 0.0   916 41,058 33,752 -7,306 -17.8   750 83,755 81,220 -2,535 -3.0   585 25,540 26,063 523 2.0   375 316,787 262,389 -54,398 -17.2     467,593 404,355 -63,238 -13.5               Silver               999 3,231 4,394

Latest UK Hallmarking Figures: May 2022

The figures for all four assay offices - Birmingham, London, Sheffield and Edinburgh - for May 2022 vs May 2021 have been released. Birmingham Assay Office compiled the May 2022 UK Hallmarking figures.  Author:  Published: 

Harriet Kelsall is invited to join the British Hallmarking Council

Leading jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall has been invited to join the British Hallmarking Council. The statutory body ensures all items being sold in the UK as precious metals are hallmarked to confirm they meet the legal standard. The process of hallmarking in Great Britain began over 700 years ago and in Harriet’s new role as Non-Executive Director, she will represent retail jewellers and continue the protection of consumer rights in the British Jewellery industry.  Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke jewellery designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She founded her business –

A third of “gold” jewellery sold online in the UK is suspected as fake, warns the British Hallmarking Council

Cuts to Trading Standards budgets and inadequate legal powers are hurting consumers and retail jewellers.  British Hallmarking Council and Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office call on the Government and internet giants to protect UK consumers by enforcing online trade A third of “gold” jewellery being sold online is suspected to be unhallmarked and therefore may be fake, raising concerns that UK consumers are being duped by internet traders, according to data released today from the British Hallmarking Council (the UK’s hallmarking body) and the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office. A 10-day internet sweep by WRi Group in partnership with INCOPRO, on behalf

Jubilee hallmarking competition invites crafty kids to design their own maker’s mark

Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office launches Mark Your Mark Kid’s Competition to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Kids across the UK are being encouraged to get crafty over the Platinum Jubilee weekend by creating their own maker’s mark, as part of the Jubilee celebrations. The Make Your Mark Kid’s Competition, launched by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office (London Assay Office), is open to anyone aged 10 and under. To introduce the world of hallmarking to a new generation, the London Assay Office has created a fun and educational activity pack about hallmarking. The activity pack,  available online , includes information about

Touchstone Award

Call for Applications: BHC Touchstone Award National Association of Jewellers and British Hallmarking Council announce new collaboration for 2019 The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and British Hallmarking Council (BHC) are pleased to announce a new collaboration as the NAJ joins the four UK Assay Offices in supporting the prestigious BHC Touchstone Award. The award is presented annually to the Trading Standards teams who have delivered the most effective initiative relating to either the enforcement or awareness of hallmarking. In this era of high precious metal prices enforcement of hallmarking is extremely important. There is robust, long established hallmarking legislation

News Edit: 27 November 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Charles handstamps king’s mark on silver cross gifted to church in Wales The Independent: The hallmarking took place at The Goldsmiths’ Centre where Charles met jewellery and silversmithing trainees and apprentices. www.independent.co.uk Charles handstamps king’s mark on silver cross gifted to church in Wales Express and Star: The hallmarking took place at The Goldsmiths’ Centre where Charles met jewellery and silversmithing trainees and apprentices. www.expressandstar.com Charles handstamps king’s mark on silver cross gifted to church in Wales Bury Mercury: The King has handstamped the king’s mark on a

Q&A: Patrick Fuller

Patrick Fuller has been at the helm of the jewellery industry for some 30 years. A charismatic individual who has held every senior influential position in the British jewellery industry going. He is currently a Guardian of the Birmingham Assay Office, a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company and President of the National Association of Jewellers as well as a Freeman of the City of London. A former President of the National Association of Goldsmiths; President of Emagold Europe; Director of the British Jewellery and Giftware Federation; President of the British Jewellery and Giftware Federation; Member of the British Hallmarking Council

Goldsmiths’ Company’s Library Catalogue

The Goldsmiths’ Company’s Library is a reference resource for jewellers and silversmiths and its library catalogue is now  online . The library’s holdings include books, articles and images on goldsmithing, silversmithing and hallmarking: from technical manuals to hip hop jewellery and 21 century silversmithing. The library is open from Tuesday to Thursday, from 10am to 4.30pm and all researchers are welcome, by appointment. Appointments can be made by emailing: library@thegoldsmiths.co.uk   The catalogue link can be accessed from the library pages on the Goldsmiths’ Company’s website: www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk  - please click on the ‘catalogue’ link in the first paragraph. The Library

Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Retires

The Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office in London, Dr Robert Organ, is to retire after 21 years of service. Robert began his career at the Goldsmiths’ Company in 2000 as Superintendent Assayer of the London Assay Office, before taking over as Deputy Warden (Managing Director-equivalent) in 2006. The Goldsmiths’ Company has been responsible for guaranteeing the purity of items made of precious metals since 1300, when the hallmarking statute was passed. Commenting on his retirement, Robert said, “It has been a privilege and honour to serve as Deputy Warden. I have taken great pride in adding to

News Edit: 6 November 2022

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Will Evans: The testing times for UK jewellery hallmarking FT: Goldsmiths’ assay office general manager on the challenges of doing business in a post-Brexit, post-Covid market. www.ft.com Jeweller Janice Derrick looks back to move forward News Day: After 25 years in the business, jeweller Janice Derrick still has a passion for metalworking. newsday.co.tt Indian Luxury Designer Brands Making Waves At PAD London Solitaire International: Two of India’s most creative and exciting luxury jewellery designer brands, Jewels by Moksh and Neha Dani, were in the spotlight at PAD London

Assay Office to host Make Your Mark once again

On the 5th February 2019, Goldsmiths’ Hall is opening its doors once again to all students, tutors,  graduates and apprentices of the jewellery and allied trades to help them make their mark in industry.  This hugely popular free one day event led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company, is a one stop shop to learn everything you need to know about hallmarking, manufacturing and introduce you to the support networks available to help you in your career. This includes the range of support the Goldsmiths’ Company can offer new entrants to the trade such

Make Your Mark 2019

Make Your Mark 2019 Once again Goldsmiths’ Hall will be opening its doors to all students, graduates and apprentices of the jewellery and allied trades to help you make your mark in industry. This free one day event led by The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office will be a one stop shop to learn everything you need to know about hallmarking, manufacturing and support networks to help you in your career, alongside a packed schedule of talks and demonstrations and our Make Your Mark awards.  Exhibitor List Who to see at this year's Make Your Mark Association for Contemporary Jewellery Bellore

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Celebrate Ten Years at Heathrow

This month the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Heathrow Sub-Office within the secure premises of Brink’s Global Services, at Heathrow Airport.  Like all good birthday parties, the celebrations kicked off with a cake!  Between bites Kevin Bowles, Heathrow Sub-Office Manager, said, “Setting up the facility in partnership with Brink’s secure logistics services has proven to give unrivalled efficiency and security for a decade. I’m really proud of that, and my team here.” In the secure premises the team of 11 cover the entire assay and hallmarking process.  Opened in January 2008, the office was set up as

Make Your Mark Awards 2017

Applications are now open for the second Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office’s Make Your Mark Awards, which invites students and young designers to design a piece of jewellery or silverware that celebrates the London hallmark, the iconic Leopard’s Head. There are two Award categories to enter – Jewellery and Silversmithing – and the competition is open to current students, apprentices and recently graduated designers (within the last five years) of precious metal-related jewellery and silversmithing courses.  The aim of the Awards To challenge today’s students working in precious metal both technically and artistically  To educate today’s students on UK hallmarking and

Make Your Mark Judge Adam Phillips Keen To View Entries

A legal requirement to sell precious metal, the hallmark needn’t simply be regarded as a required stamp to be hidden from the wearer. Adam Phillips, account manager at The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, London, and judge of this year’s Make Your Mark Awards, encourages makers to get creative with their hallmarking to make a real impact.   How creative can makers be with the positioning of a hallmark? "While the hallmark is regarded as the oldest form of consumer protection, it can also be used creatively as a marketing tool. Not only does it provide provenance, but it can also