In the UK, hallmarking of precious metals such as sterling silver and gold is a legal requirement. However, it is important to note that only items made of sterling silver weighing over 7.78 grams and gold items weighing over 1 gram are required to be hallmarked. This is to ensure that consumers can trust the purity and quality of the precious metal they are purchasing. The hallmarking process involves a series of tests and stamps that verify the metal's purity and can only be carried out by a licensed assay office.
The hallmark itself is a unique mark that is applied to the item by an Assay Office, which is an independent organisation that verifies the metal content of precious items. The hallmark typically includes information such as the metal type, the fineness of the metal, the Assay Office mark, and the date stamp.
As a consumer, it's important to look for the hallmark when purchasing precious metal items, as it provides assurance that the item has been verified as meeting legal standards. It's also worth noting that items sold as "sterling silver" or "gold" that do not have a hallmark may not actually meet legal standards, and could be counterfeit or of lower quality than advertised.
At our company, we take the hallmarking process very seriously and ensure that all of our precious metal items are properly hallmarked before they are offered for sale. You can shop with confidence knowing that our products meet the highest legal standards for quality and purity.