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    I make my own jewellery from sterling silver, mainly rings at the mo, and was wondering - IF I intend to sell them does the silver need the 925 hallmark on it?

    Is this something I can do, or do they need to be sent away to a place like cookson to be done 'officially'??

    Please help me, I'm stuck.

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    If they weigh 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.

    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 stamp them yourself.

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    Smile uk 925 stamps

    Hi Nic
    I have my hallmarking all sorted out but i very rarely go over the amount, so is there anywhere you can get just a 925 stamp? have found some on beaducation, with the little attachments to stamp it onto
    But i was wondering if there are any uk based places?

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    Just stamp it on yourself (I think cookson sell the stamps)
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    Is it a legal requirement to stamp your work?

    I'm just starting out and so don't know if Ihave to go to the expense of registering with the assay office and all that. Can I not just get a stamp made myself and stamp work myself rather than getting the assay office to do it?

    Seems like a lot of hassle to send stuff off to them to get stamped as I'd have to send stuff off unfinished.
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    If it's sterling silver & the sterling component weighs more than 7.78g then you have to get it done by the assay office. The weights are different for other metals.

    A 925 stamp not a Hallmark, a hallmark has extra components such as a Makers Mark, A Fineness Mark (e.g. 925 is sterling silver) and the Assay Office mark (e.g. The Anchor for Birmingham).
    It may also have traditional fineness marks (such as the lion for sterling silver) and a date stamp.

    If unsure phone one of the Assay offices up and ask their advice, they're really helpful. There's also a lot of infor here...
    http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/hallmarking.html

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    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?
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    Yes, sorry, you are not allowed to sell it without a hallmark if it weighs more than the limit.

    You have to pay to register yourself with an assy office every year and you have to pay "up front" to have a stamp made up with your registration initials or symbol on it. This is kept at the assy office and when they get your piece they test it, stamp it and return it (for another fee, of course!).

    The "per item" fee isn't too bad, but if you're preparing for a craft fair or whatever, you have to factor in the time delay (a few days to a week)

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    Sounds like an awful lots of bother.

    Here's another question. If I'm making jewllery from antique tableware - sterling silver forks and spoons - would they need to be sent off to get marked?
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    I am not sure on all the hallmarking rules, but have also looked into this, and on the assay websites I think there are details of discounts for students - I know it's still a hassle, but might help reduce the cost in the first instance.

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