Harriet Kelsall is invited to join the British Hallmarking Council

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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 – Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery - in 1998 and it is now recognised in the UK and across the world as a market leader in bespoke jewellery design, with over 20 national and international awards to its name. As an innovator she has revolutionised bespoke design within the jewellery industry and is a champion for ethics, the environment and education within her sector. Harriet is playing a key role in the industry as the Vice-Chair of the National Association of Jewellers and as a board member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

Harriet was appointed on to the British Hallmarking Council by The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. The main function of the council is to ensure adequate provision for assaying and hallmarking is available and to oversee the enforcement of the hallmarking legislation. The council also creates regulations and proposes legal changes to support the work of the assay offices and to ensure the trade of the UK jewellery industry continues to grow. 

Harriet Kelsall, who is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, stated:  “I’m thrilled to be joining the British Hallmarking Council and becoming part of an institution upon which the jewellery industry is so dependent upon for the seal of authenticity. As a jewellery designer, I welcome the confidence and protection hallmarking brings and in my new role I will ensure that the voices of British goldsmiths and retail jewellers continue to be heard”.

The council is comprised of 16-19 members who meet twice yearly to discuss the statistical reports provided by the four UK Assay Offices.

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Sarah Salmon


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