A hallmark indicates that an item has been independently tested at an official Assay office, and guarantees that it conforms to the legal standards of purity for that precious metal.
The hallmark comprises of a series of stamps indicating:
- the maker e.g. ERC for Elinor Cambray
- the traditional metal fineness e.g. a lion for sterling silver
- the metal’s purity e.g. 925 for sterling silver
- the assay office where the piece was tested e.g. a leopards head for London
- the date the item was made e.g. the letter l for 2010
My jewellery is hallmarked at the London Assay Office. The metal is tested and then stamped with the corresponding hallmark.
The majority of my work is hallmarked, with the exception of some smaller items such as earrings which weigh less than 7.8 grams. This is the maximum legal limit for un-hallmarked pieces, and pieces which are too delicate to stamp, such as earring wires.
If you have any questions regarding whether a piece is hallmarked, please contact me. For further information please visit www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk