Hallmarking

When it comes to manufacturing jewellery and silverware, precious metals (silver, palladium, gold and platinum) are rarely used in their purest form. Instead they are usually alloyed with lesser metals to achieve a desired strength, durability, and colour.

It is not possible to detect the precious metal content of an item by sight or by touch. It is, therefore, a legal requirement to have items consisting of silver, palladium, gold or platinum independently tested and then hallmarked before they can be described as such. Items must bear a hallmark at point of sale, subject to the following weight exemptions:

Silver: mandatory for items above 7.78 grams; gold: mandatory for items above 1 gram; palladium: mandatory for items above 1 gram; platinum: mandatory for items above 0.5 grams.

Our gold body jewellery is very dainty and our designs fall below the threshold for mandatory hallmarking (1 gram). However, our pieces are all laser marked with either 9k or 14k to indicate the appropriate gold weight.

Any stock that falls above the mandatory weights above is hallmarked by an Assay Office, before it is dispatched to customers.