Assaying FAQ

 

Advice or information on compliance issues does not carry any legal authority and does not replace the provisions of the legal regulations, only the regulations as interpreted by the courts have the force of law.

What will happen if I don’t get my work hallmarked?
Do I have to get everything I make in precious metal hallmarked?
Why is there bruising on the other side of this struck mark?

What will happen if I don’t get my work hallmarked?

It is against the law in the course of a trade or business to sell or describe precious metal articles in the UK that are un-hallmarked and above the weight exemptions. Trading Standards Officers have the power to seize any items that do not comply with the 1973 Hallmarking Act, which can lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000 per article.

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Do I have to get everything I make in precious metal hallmarked?

No, there are certain weight exemptions based on the metal weight and not the total weight. Items below 1.0g of gold, below 7.78g for silver and below 0.5g for platinum are exempt.

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Why is there bruising on the other side of this struck mark?

The metal will displace when a hallmark is struck by hand due to the force when the punch strikes the metal.


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