Hello! I wanted to explain a little bit about hallmarking and make you aware of why my jewellery is either silver or gold but has no Hallmark on it.
What is a hallmark?! A hallmark is a mark applied to jewellery or other items made of precious metals by the UK Assay Office. It is essentially a guarantee of quality and fineness of the metal used however it bares no relation to the workmanship used to make the item or where the item was made.
A hallmark consists of three marks, the assay office mark (there are several assay offices within and outside of the UK), the sponsors mark (the unique mark of the person who made the item) and the fineness mark (i.e. 925 silver or 375 gold)
The Law. The 1973 Hallmarking Act deems it is an offence to describe when selling any item as made of a precious metal without a hallmark. UNLESS said items are below a certain weight, in relation to the jewellery I make and sell for silver the weight limit is 7.78g and for gold is 1g. This is why I have not hallmarked the items I am currently selling but by informing my customers of this I am adhering to the Hallmarking Act.
Why not hallmark anyway? It is possible to hallmark items that weight below the thresholds outlined above and I have considered doing this. However hallmarking comes at a cost and adds time to the process as items have to be posted to the Assay Office, marked and then returned prior to dispatching to customers. The Assay Office do offer fast turn around times but again, there are cost implications to these and as a business these costs would have to be added on to the price for each piece of jewellery. So in summary, I have chosen not to hallmark pieces whilst they remain under the weight threshold to keep costs and lead times to a minimum.
Can I request a hallmark on my order? Yes! If you would particularly like your jewellery to be hallmarked I am more than happy to do so as long as you are happy to cover the additional cost of doing so and are aware this will delay your item being dispatched to you. Just let me know prior to placing your order so I can invoice you the adjusted price.