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.
When it was time for the ear clip to be assayed and hallmarked with us, sampler Dave Archer who is deaf, was keen to be involved. Jacqui said "It is particularly poetic that a hearing impaired person has been involved in the sampling of the snake during the hallmarking process. It is also reassuring to learn that he has worked for the London Assay Office for over 40 years which demonstrates the vision of the LAO in embracing disability in the workforce years ago. - this was clearly well ahead of the curve."
New research from the British Hallmarking Council and the Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office reveals that a third of “gold” jewellery being sold online is suspected to be unhallmarked and therefore may be fake, raising concerns for consumers.