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Tube and rail industrial action: 15, 16, 30 March

Industrial action planned by rail workers will affect both the train and tube networks on Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Thursday 30 March.

As a result our service on the days will be adapted as follows:

  • Our One Hour service will be suspended. 
  • The Greville Street counter aims to open at 9am, but will close at 3pm, with a half hour closure 12pm – 12.30pm. 
  • Goldsmiths’ Hall will be open 9am – 3pm.   

Further services may be disrupted if many of our teams are unable to get to work. During this period we will not be able to change the service originally requested on your packet.

Date Published: 27 February 2023

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Annual UK Hallmarking Figures for 2022

The total number of articles sent for hallmarking at all UK offices in 2022 rose by 12.2% to 9,748,288. 

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

Date Published: 10 February 2023

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Touchstone winners make their mark

In June 2022 the British Hallmarking Council (BHC) Touchstone Award was presented at the CTSI Conference in Bristol. One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the Touchstone Special Recognition Award to intellectual property protection specialists WRi Group by National Association of Jewellers Chair Heather Callaway and BHC Chair Noel Hunter OBE.

As local authority services continue to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has severely reduced the capacity of Trading Standards services, the BHC took the opportunity to recognise WRi for the outstanding support that the company and its founder Graham Mogg have shown to the BHC and the Assay Offices in detecting and tracking unhallmarked and non-compliant jewellery being sold online in the UK.

Date Published: 08 February 2023

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First King Charles III coins are tested at this year's Trial of the Pyx

The Royal Mint has today submitted nearly 10,000 coins for testing at the UK’s oldest judicial ceremony, the Trial of the Pyx, held at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London. The coins are rigorously checked for fineness and quality by an independent jury of Goldsmiths’ Company members, before further scientific analysis by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office.

Date Published: 07 February 2023

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