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Price Adjustment 2024

We have made the decision to adjust our prices. This has not been taken lightly. However increased costs of production, and the surge in demand for high priority packet return and for complex marking of articles, have made it a necessity for our business.

Date Published: 14 March 2024

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Annual UK Hallmarking Figures for 2023

The total number of articles sent for hallmarking at all UK offices in 2023 fell by -17.7% to 8,020,089. 

Gold, silver, platinum and palladium saw a decline in the quantity of articles hallmarked.

Date Published: 15 January 2024

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2024 date letter

Happy New Year!

The date letter for 2024 is a lower case z.

A non-compulsory mark, the date letter changes annually on 1 January. The font, case, and shield shape all change so each can only indicate one specific year.

Learn about the evolution of the hallmark and the component marks in the article ‘Hallmark as Hero’ by Goldsmiths’ Company Deputy Librarian.

Date Published: 02 January 2024

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James Cargill, Deputy Production Manager, made a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company

Congratulations to James Cargill, Deputy Production Manager of our Heathrow sub-office, who, earlier this month, was made a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company by Special Grant in celebration of 10 years service.

A Freeman is a tier of membership in Livery Companies. It is the largest grouping of members at the Goldsmiths’ Company. Freemen play an important part in the life of the Company.

Read more about Company membership here

Date Published: 18 December 2023

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HALO Award winners announced at the Benevolent Society Ball

Two jewellery businesses with an emphasis on creating bespoke commissions are the joint winners of the HALO Award 2023.  Chair of the British Hallmarking Council Noel Hunter presented the Award to Harriet Kelsall, founder of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery company and Anna Mcloughlin of Anna Mcloughlin Fine Jewellery at the prestigious Benevolent Society Ball at the Grand Hotel, Birmingham.

Date Published: 11 December 2023

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Judges praise high standard of entries for the HALO Awards 2023

Members of the judging panel for the HALO Award 2023 have been highly complimentary about this year’s entries, praising businesses for their imaginative ways of creating consumer awareness of hallmarking.  After lengthy consideration the winners of the Award for 2023 have now been selected.

Full details of the winning entries will be published after the formal announcement on 7th December.

Date Published: 29 November 2023

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Make Your Mark 2D Design award at the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council competition 2023/24

We are delighted to be partnering again with The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council for the 2023/24 Competition with our Make Your Mark design challenge.

This year, on the theme of ‘City Spirit’, entrants are invited to design jewellery, smallwork or silverware. Broad and engaging interpretations of this are encouraged and welcomed, such as folklore, fashion, festivals, communities, culture, diversity, food, history and architecture to name but a few areas of interest. Designers can choose any city (globally) but must embrace their concept visually through their design presentation.

Also important, designs must incorporate a display, or bespoke placement of the London Assay Office hallmark that is complimentary to the design and thoughtfully positioned. This is an opportunity to choose the placement of the hallmark components, and to consider the hallmark in harmony with your design.

Date Published: 17 October 2023

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