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article by Rachael Taylor in Retail Jeweller
London Assay Office launches one-hour hallmarking
The Assay Office London has launched a one-hour priority hallmarking service at its Goldsmiths’ Hall and Greville Street offices. The London Assay Office is the first UK Assay Office to officially offer a guaranteed one-hour service for hallmarking.
Retailers can get up to five items hallmarked within one hour with the choice of either hand marking or laser marks. A fully inclusive fee of £50 plus VAT, for up to five items, includes the application of the sponsor’s mark, logo marks, special display marks and most other additional marks that can be applied at the time of hallmarking.
Assay Office London sales and business development manager Steve Collins said: “It has been introduced to help alleviate some of the tight deadlines that retailers, in particular, have to work to, and to offer the most comprehensive range of service levels possible to suit our wide variety of customers.”
Assay Office London is a part of the Goldsmiths’ Company which was founded to regulate the craft or trade of the goldsmith and received its first Royal Charter in 1327. One of the 12 Great Livery Companies of the City of London, the Goldsmiths' Company has been responsible since 1300 for testing the quality of gold, silver and, from 1975, platinum articles.
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