Over 23,000 Royal Mint coins went on 'trial' in London on Tuesday 28 January in one of Britain's oldest judicial processes – the Trial of the Pyx – which takes place at Goldsmiths’ Hall. The Goldsmiths' Company have been responsible for the proceedings since 1580.
Held at the iconic Goldsmiths’ Hall by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and organised in partnership with the National Association of Jewellers, a series of talks were made educating members of public about the nuances of hallmarking, the future of the industry and the direction of the Goldsmiths’ Company and the NAJ.
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A real frustration for jewellers who make sure they comply with hallmarking law is seeing instances of others flouting the law and apparently getting away with it, selling items without a valid UK hallmark.
The Goldsmiths’ Centre has now opened applications for its Precious Metal Grant competition aimed at HND, BA or MA level students studying jewellery, silversmithing or a related subject.