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Silver Christmas Tree Decorations

The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to present a brilliant selection of Christmas tree decorations by some of the most prominent silversmiths working in the UK today.

To purchase a wonderful silver gift, please contact the individual silversmiths directly via the Goldsmiths’ Company website.

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2018 Valuation Day Dates Released

Valuation Days offer the chance for a private one-to-one consultation and professional appraisal by our expert valuer. You will also receive a comprehensive portfolio of your items. Places are limited.  2018 dates are as follows

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Christmas Hours 2017

Please note that we will close for Christmas at:

12.30pm on Friday 22 December 2017

And re-open at:

8am on Tuesday 2 January 2018 (Goldsmiths' Hall)

9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018 (Greville Street, Hatton Garden)

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Have You Booked to Attend Make Your Mark?

There’s still time to book to attend Make Your Mark at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Tuesday 31st October and Wednesday 1st November 2017.

 The event is a great opportunity to attend talks, speak to our exhibitors and register for your hallmark (new registrants only).

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Q&A: Creative Hallmarking

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 one of the judges of this year's Make Your Mark Awards, encourages makers to get creative with their hallmarking to make a real impact.

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Royal Mail Postage Customers - Take Note!

We have been made aware that when an item is sent using the Royal Mail Special Delivery services there is a limit of the value of the contents that can be sent and still be eligible for recompense. 

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Goldsmiths' Fair - Tickets On Sale!

Tickets on sale! Buy work direct from the makers! Bespoke luxuries from 92 jewellers and 34 silversmiths, including 10 outstanding recent graduates, make this a fashion and interiors paradise ideally timed for early Christmas shopping.

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The Goldsmiths' Centre: Creative Links - Redefining Luxury Talk

What does it mean to be a responsible luxury brand in the 21st century? Where can we buy ethical design and how is buyer interest set to change in the coming years? As part of the London Design Festival (LDF), the Goldsmiths’ Centre is offering a platform for top profile industry experts to explore how sustainability and social responsibility are no longer optional for luxury brands – they are essentials.

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Make Your Mark Returns this Autumn!

Make Your Mark, the UK’s leading career development and networking event for emerging designers, apprentices and students of jewellery and allied trades, returns this autumn.

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Q&A with Kate Hainge, Make Your Mark Awards 2016 Prize Winner

Kate Hainge was awarded the second prize in the Jewellery category at the Make Your Mark Awards 2016 for her Magnifying Ring design. One of the prizes was a mentorship with esteemed British jewellery designer Stephen Webster, who has been designing and making jewellery for more than 40 years. After starting out in the jewellery industry as an apprentice in London’s Hatton Garden, the Stephen Webster brand is now known the world over for its bold design style while celebrating traditional craftsmanship.

Kate tells us what she has taken away from this invaluable and unique experience.

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Lincoln Cathedral Heritage Skills Festival

Last weekend saw 26 of the City of London Livery Companies and Lincoln Cathedral join together to celebrate traditional crafts and skills.

The Heritage Skills Festival gave visitors a unique opportunity to see at first hand the skills and knowledge that are kept alive for future generations through the City of London Livery Companies.

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Annual Punch Grind

It was a case of rise and grind for two members of the Court of Assistants who joined us in our workshop this month.  

Previous Prime Warden Michael Galsworthy and Arthur Drysdale helped to grind the date letters from punches which remained from 2016 and bore the corresponding date letter "r".  

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New Superintendent Assayer

Will Evans is the new Superintendent Assayer at the Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office.  He has worked at the Assay Office since 2000 moving from the laboratory through the roles of Process Development Engineer, Systems Development Manager and Technical Manager.  Naturally then, technical development, and process improvement have been inherent in his work priorities, and they continue to be his focus in his new role. 

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Punches for Qatar

The first batch of a large order of bespoke punches for the Qatari Ministry of Environment have successfully landed in Doha this month.

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Spring Bank Holiday Closure

Our main office at Goldsmiths’ Hall will close at 4.00 pm on Friday 26th May 2017 and re-open at 8.00 am on Tuesday 30th May 2017.

The Greville Street office will close at 4.00pm on Friday 26th May 2017 and re-open at 9.00 am on Tuesday 30th May 2017.

We wish you a happy and sunny Bank Holiday weekend!

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New Prime Warden

On Wednesday 17 May, a special service at St Vedast Church on Foster Lane and reception at Goldsmiths' Hall marked the inauguration of Mrs Judith Cobham Lowe as the new Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' Company.

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Verdict of the Pyx

Today marked the conclusion of the Trial of the Pyx 2017.  The Verdict was read to the jury by the Clerk of the Goldsmiths' Company. The Queen's Remembrancer was in attendance at Goldsmiths' Hall.  

Since February, the Laboratory Team at the Assay Office have been testing a random selection of coins which were brought to us for analysis by The Royal Mint. Representatives of the Goldsmiths' Company and Assay Office declared their findings at the Verdict.

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"Guardians of Gold" in Chemistry World Magazine

Elinor Hughes, Feature Writer at Chemistry World, visited the London Assay Office "to watch its precious metal analysts at work".  

The result was an excellent article and video called "Setting the Gold Standard".   Watch for explanations of our metal analysis methods. 

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Livery Schools Link Showcase Event

30 Livery companies gave 600 students a glimpse into their industries at a special event at Guildhall.

This year, Assay Office apprentice Ryan Grant, and two of the Centre’s Foundation Programme trainees May Savage and Ben Free, highlighted career opportunities within our industry as part of the Company's support for education.

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Vacancy - Part-time Assay Office Assistants, London

Vacancy - Part-time Assay Office Assistants, London 

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is a commercial business responsible for the hallmarking of precious metals since 1300.  We are now seeking two permanent Assistants to work part-time at an offsite facility in Central London, applying laser hallmarks to jewellery items.  Each post will cover for the other during holiday periods.

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Contemporary British Silversmiths Tumblers Project

Charmian Adams' 80th birthday was marked by the creation of four silver tumblers featuring the sponsor's marks of all contributors. Each of the UK's four assay offices applied these by laser  - Sheffield and Edinburgh both applied 14 sponsor's marks, Birmingham applied 12, while here in London we applied 62 around the full circumference.

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Laboratory Manager Chris Walne talks at LBMA Conference

Chris Walne delivered a speech entitled PGM Impurities and Fire Assay to the London Bullion Market Association's conference earlier this month.  He also wrote an accompanying article for their internationally published trade magazine Bullion Bulletin which gives information insights for the bullion business.

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New Pound Coin Enters Circulation

A new pound coin entered circulation on 28 March.  The Royal Mint is producing 1.5 billion of the new coins.

We are proud to assay (test for correct metallic composition, size and weight) and measure the coins using the standard Trial Plates, provided by the National Measurement and Regulation Office. 

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Setting Out at the Goldsmiths' Centre

The Setting Out course offers you the solid business expertise and dedicated studio space to get your business off the ground. Delivered by specialists, you’ll be supported to research and develop your own business plan, produce a product range and become part of the Centre’s community.

Apply by Fri 7 July 2017 

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Easter Holiday 2017 Closing Times

Our Easter holiday 2017 closing times are as follows:

Goldsmiths’ Hall
Thursday 13 April – close at 12.30pm.  The office will reopen on Tuesday 18 April at 8am.

Greville Street
Thursday 13 April – close at 12noon.  The office will reopen on Tuesday 18 April at 9am.

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Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight runs 27 February - 12 March.  Coinciding with this period is the submissions stage to the first ever Fairtrade Design Awards for emerging designers.

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