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    Quote Originally Posted by Milomade View Post
    So if I didn't get any of my silver pieces marked and sold them would I be breaking the law?

    Is it a legal requirement?
    I thought - though i may be wrong - that you could sell unhallmarked work as long as you don't claim that it is silver or whatever, or does this only count for work underweight?

    The only reason I ask is that I rang the assay office recently to ask about my tiara rings - they are tiny and very light but i normally get them hallmarked anyway.
    I asked them whether i can still describe them as silver if they are underweight and unhallmarked and she said I had to describe them as made from precious metals.

    So i decided to carry on getting them hallmarked as i want to describe them as sterling silver.

    To me this doesn't fit in with what others have said about stamping underweight work yourself? Surely if you put 925 on it you are saying it is silver...?

    Am I getting completely muddled...? Has anyone else been told a similar thing?



    I find all the rules very confusing.

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    If you phone the Assay office, they'll confirm that these are the current rules
    (I just spoke to the London Assay Office ):

    For silver: If it weighs under 7.78g then you can use a 925 silver stamp yourself - providing you are genuinely using 925 silver. You have to be able to prove this to Trading Standards if they ever challenge you about it.
    (e.g an Invoice from cooksons showing that you purchased 925 wires, sheet etc).

    Over that then it has to go to an Assay office for a full hallmark, either direct or through a registration service. So make em under 7.78g and you can add the 925 stamp yourself.

    It's 1g for gold and 0.5g for platinum, there are different rules for mixed metals but they're all available from the Assay office.
    Nicx

    P.S> If you're selling silver, gold etc then you also need to have a Hallmarks on Precious Metals sign on Display (also available from the Assay Offices)
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    Thanks for the info - very useful. So if my pieces are under 7.78g and I don't stamp them I can still sell them but can't say that it's silver even though it is.

    I'd better get myself a 925 stamp...off to look on the CG site now to see if they do them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Milomade View Post
    Thanks for the info - very useful. So if my pieces are under 7.78g and I don't stamp them I can still sell them but can't say that it's silver even though it is.

    I'd better get myself a 925 stamp...off to look on the CG site now to see if they do them.
    You CAN stamp them as long as it's under weight and you can prove it's silver. Then as it's stamped you can describe it as silver too - by stamping it 925 you are describing it as sterling silver. Call the assay office and they'll go through it

    If you're describing things as silver at shows, craft fairs retail outlets etc then you need to have the "Hallmarks on Precious Metals" Card displayed.
    again the assay office will sort you out.

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    Can't find a stamp on the cookson gold site anywhere. Where can I get one? I'm currently making a load of small drop earrings and they're all under 7.78g - I want to sell these through one of my stockists in Fife as well as on my on website and want to state that they are silver.
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    You'll find them under tools: then use the side bar to select "Marking Punches"
    Here's a quick link http://www.cooksongold.com/category_...=12&submit.y=9

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    Thanks for the link, but I found one on eBay before I read your latest post. Thanks for all the info on hallmarking too. It's good to get this kind of info from an expert. Once my skills get better and I start making bigger more complx pieces I get my arse down to the assay office in Edinburgh. In the meantime I'm happy to go ahead and stamp everything 925.
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    Thanks for clearing all this up for me! Think I get it now

    Does make me a little cross that I was told something different. I've spent loads hallmarking stuff - nearly all of my pieces are underweight!

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    I knew about having to display the Precious Metals sign when selling, but what if you are selling to a shop? Do you just have to make sure you have a copy with you so they can check it if they like?

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