Hallmarking of Silver & Gold in the UK. What do you think?

Every so often, the UK Government reviews the law covering UK Hallmarking of precious metals. As a producer of silverware and jewellery, we are currently trying to inform a review scheduled for 2018 - however each time this process is undertaken, the question comes up, 'How do customers see and understand Hallmarking?'

So we thought we'd ask.......

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* 1. When buying jewellery or silverware, I look for the hallmark.

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* 2. My understanding of UK hallmarks is....

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* 3. If I see a piece of silver with London hallmarks, I assume.....

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* 4. Not all countries have their own hallmarking system and those that do have many differences in how they mark items. It is sometimes suggested that for clarity all countries should adopt the same hallmarking system.

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* 5. UK Assay Offices want to extend their assay expertise to other countries and open up assay services overseas. Should the hallmarks they use in other countries be......

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* 6. We have 4 UK Assay Offices, London, Edinburgh, Sheffield & Birmingham. Each marks items with its own 'City' symbol. However, in recent years the old city assay offices have been allowed to open up sub-offices in other towns. This has called into question the relevance of the 'City' mark. Do you think we should......

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* 7. Before 1999, all silver and gold items that were imported had to be struck with a mark which indicated they were imported, not UK made. Should we......

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* 8. Some countries like USA, Germany & Italy don't have a hallmarking system. It is up to the maker or retailer to guarantee the quality of the metal used and this is policed by their equivalent of Trading Standards - makers often applying their own stamps. Would you......

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* 9. Please add any comments you have about hallmarking

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