UK Hallmarking dates back more than 700 years to a statute established by King Edward I. It played a vital role then and continues to do so to this day; confirming the ‘fineness’ or purity of precious metal content of an item. Items manufactured from silver, gold, palladium and platinum alloys, destined for sale into the UK, must be hallmarked to confirm that they conform to the legal standards of the latest version of the Hallmarking Act of 1973.
This type of ‘statutory’ or legally required hallmarking must be carried out by a UK Assay Office or its off-shore office as permissable by the British Hallmarking Council.
Hallmarks can be applied by hand, by hydraulic or hand press, or by laser. Lasers are perfect for marking highly finished, lightweight or intricate items.