Hallmarking was originally introduced in 1300 by a Statute of Edward I and is one of the earliest forms of consumer protection.
According to current hallmarking legislation, all items being sold as gold, silver, platinum or palladium in the UK must be hallmarked to confirm that they meet the legal standard. This cannot be done by the manufacturer or importer; goods must be submitted to one of the four UK Assay Offices, or an Assay Office belonging to the International Convention.
The only items which are exempt are those which are under the legal weight threshold:
0.5 grams for Platinum
1 gram for Gold
1 gram for Palladium
7.78 grams for Silver
All items sold by Emily Hawkesford jewellery that above weight exemptions are appropriately hallmarked.
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