You may already know that Sterling Silver that weighs over 7.78g will have to be hallmarked.
Live & Love by Maxine is registered with The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office London. They have been testing and hallmarking precious metals for over 700 years.
They have been responsible for guaranteeing the purity of items made from precious metals since 1300, when the hallmarking statute was passed.
They became the official 'home of hallmarking' in 1478 establishing the country's first Assay Office at Goldsmiths' Hall, London, where they still operate today.
Their reputation for excellence in hallmarking is both revered and unparalleled.
The leopard's head mark of London continues to be the mark of quality silversmiths today.
A Hallmark consists of:
- Sponsor's Mark, also known as Maker's Mark ~ everyone's is unique, mine is MT
- Traditional Fineness Mark
- Millesimal Fineness Mark
- Assay Office Mark
- Date Letter Mark
Obviously, there are charges involved with getting your pieces of Handmade Sterling Silver Jewellery hallmarked, so when a piece is hallmarked the cost of the piece has to reflect that understandably.
If you would like to know more about the London Assay Office and hallmarking, you can do here https://www.assayofficelondon.co.uk/
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