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    Default London Assay office pricing.

    Is it just me being thick, but I can't make sense out of the price list. A friend has asked me to make her daughter a sterling bangle from 4mm round wire, the finished length is 24cm and it weighs 32 grams. I want it posted back to Exeter recorded delivery, I won't be charging labour as it's very plain round wire and she is a very good friend who helps me out from time to time, so cost has to be accurate. It seems as if the stamping is 12 or is that just a handling charge. Help, Dave I know you are up there somewhere, please help.

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    1-2 items 12
    Packet handling 3.25
    Logistics 5

    = 20.25
    +VAT
    = 24.30

    + postage back 8.25?

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    That's what I made it too, but it seems a lot of money. The silver would work out at around 30 ish, so a plain silver bangle would work out over a hundred pounds if you were counting labour.

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    Yup. Prices for small runs of hallmarking are very high and need to be covered by the sale price.
    Less of an issue with more expensive materials.

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    you only need to have it hallmarked if you sell it to her and describe it as silver.
    If she is a friend and knows you, just buy some sterling silver wire and make a white metal bangle.

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    Personally I never send jewellery by Signed For as no compensation for jewellery if lost.
    Best to fork out the extra 2/3 and use Special Delivery.

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    It is not at all cost effective to send just one or two items for hallmarking - I'd suggest letting your friend have it unhallmarked (on loan effectively) until you have a batch of other stuff ready to send, then reclaim the bangle from her for a week or so and send it off with the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajda View Post
    It is not at all cost effective to send just one or two items for hallmarking - I'd suggest letting your friend have it unhallmarked (on loan effectively) until you have a batch of other stuff ready to send, then reclaim the bangle from her for a week or so and send it off with the rest.
    For silver, no. I hardly bother hallmarking items below the 7.78g mark now - which is a pity when we're still talking about hand-made jewellery. Your suggestion is probably the best workaround for the short term, though.

    I had a customer recently who sent an earring for repair (she'd broken the post off). Standard letter, apparently - not signed for, nor special delivery. Somehow it was my fault it didn't arrive...

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    Of course it was your fault Peter.
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    End-to-end service doesn't (in this case) mean I'm running the courier company too...!

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