Hallmarking Explained

Hallmarking Explained

Nowhere else in the world are consumers more highly protected than in the UK. The UK is one of only a few countries in the world that have compulsory statutory hallmarking. This means that every item sold as precious metal, ie gold, silver, platinum or palladium must have been tested and hallmarked by an independent third-party Assay Office to guarantee that the precious metal is of the fineness stated.


 

The law applies to everything SOLD in the UK , regardless of where it may have been manufactured. The only exemptions are items which fall beneath the specified weight thresholds which are 1 gram for gold, 7.78 grams for silver, 0.5 grams for platinum and 1 gram for palladium.

All my pieces are hallmarked by the London Assay Office and are stamped with:

  • Kara Jewellery Sponsor's mark
  • Traditional fineness mark
  • Millesimal fineness mark
  • Assay Office mark
  • Date letter mark