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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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    I bought a hallmarking stamp from Cooksons for rings which just says "SIL". Does anyone know if its OK to use this instead of 925? Also, how do you use a hallmarking stamp? I've tried hammering the stamp onto a bit of scrap silver but it doesnt leave an imprint!

    Any help gratefully received.

    Anna

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    My hallmark has been ready for use at Edinburgh for a while now (just haven't got round to making stuff recently!!) But still not sure if I will get the under 7g stuff hallmarked yet. If it is big enough to look like it should have a hallmark then I think I might e.g. rings or pendants. But earrings I might not.

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    I hallmark everything I can, no matter how small. It's an extra selling point and it gives a permanent record of the maker (and people like having a hallmarked piece of custom jewellery IME). AOL encourage this attitude

    I was at Goodwood the other week, and one of the shops there was selling a variety of items as silver (stamped 925 too) - yet without displaying the hallmarking card, nor were the items that needed to be hallmarked (large cuff bracelets are going to be well over 7.78g!). Grr.

    The hallmark is there as a guarantee to the customer that the work is of at least the fineness described. Form what I've heard, the situation is very different in France, where it indicates that the tax on that fineness has been paid...

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