A close up of Kirsty's Hallmark from London Assay Office
Kirsty's London Assay Office Hallmark on a Silver Ring

All About Hallmarking

My first hallmarked parcel has arrived back from the @theassayoffice ✨ Oh the excitement! ✨

So here is my very own hallmark! And a little ‘did you know’ too-

✨Each mark is made up of 5 sections from L-R- the sponsors/makers mark (mine is KH in a diamond), the fineness symbol (the lion), the fineness mark (925 for sterling silver), the assay office mark (the London leopard for me, obviously I was going to choose a cat!!), and the year (W= 2021).

✨When an item is sent for hallmarking, it’s metal purity is tested- if it doesn’t reach the required specifications, it can’t be hallmarked.
✨It’s a legal requirement to hallmark silver items over 7.78g in weight- without a hallmark, the item can only be sold as white metal.
✨It’s called a hallmark because the first UK assay office was Goldsmiths Hall (founded in 1300), and the term originates from that.
✨There are 4 assay offices in the UK- London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Sheffield, and each have a different symbol- London is the leopard, Edinburgh is the castle, Birmingham the anchor and Sheffield is the rose.

You can find my full Silver Dealers Notice HERE.

Much Love,

Kirsty Xx