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Traditional Fineness Symbols
Hallmarks are the authorised stamp impressions that
indicate maker, standard of fineness and the Assay office
where the Hallmark was issued. All hallmarks also include the
year of manufacture, this is symbolised by a letter of the alaphabet, the font
of which changes with every cycle of the alphabet. They are
required by law if a piece of gold (9ct,14ct,18ct and 22ct)
weighs more than 1 gram, for platinum weighing more than 0.5 grams and for silver weighing more than 7 grams.
In 2009 the UK Hallmarking Act was amended by Parliament to incorporate palladium as a metal which requires hallmarking. Having received official recognition as a precious metal in its own right, compulsory hallmarking of palladium items weighing 1g came into effect as of January 1, 2010.
Allow two weeks for an item to be hallmarked only , three weeks for sizing and re-hallmarking and approx five weeks for a 3/4 shank and Hallmarking. We have the facility to process urgent hallmarks in one week - extra charges apply, please contact customer services for more information. (01268 546546)
to note, if a previous repair has been undertaken by using
an inferior metal e.g. silver instead of white gold, the item
will fail the assay
New items which we supply will of course
Laser Hallmarks - these hallmarks are only burnt on to
the surface of the metal by a laser they can be very faint. Rings that have laser hallmarks
are harder to size as the hallmarks can easily be removed by the buffing and polishing that is necessary to size
a ring correctly. We suggest you bring this to the attention of your customer before sending to the workshop for alteration. If the
laser hallmark is removed it can be re-hallmarked for an approx. cost of £14.99. This will take a further 2-3 weeks as the ring will have to be sent to the Assay Office for remarking.
Gold Hallmark Example
Millesimal Fineness Mark - this is the number of parts per thousand of pure metal in the alloy. The current finenesses allowed in the UK are shown here.