Dating silver jewellery
These tests are carried out only by an Assay Office, of which there are four in the UL – London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh. Gold and silver hallmarks Understanding British or English hallmarking since 1238 Dating Silver by Assay and Fineness marks Quickly decide whether the your object is pre 1975 and its original Assay office.
The Hallmarking Act 1973 changed on 1 January 1999 and allows articles of higher and lower standards of fineness to be sold. Consumers may now choose from a much wider range of goods but to continue to benefit from the same level of protection. Using a British Hallmark Guide How to quickly identify gold and Silver hallmarks that you see in car boot sales and markets.
Wide bangles typically used secure hinges with tongue and groove type clasps (also known as box clasps), while more delicate link bracelets used ring clasps.
Wider link bracelets set with stones would often have fancy decorated box clasps.
It had two scissor-like hooks that opened in the middle, then overlapped each other when closed. Monet had a patented, rounded sister clasp used in its jewelry in the 1950s and 1960s.
Rare Gold and Silver Hallmarks Hallmarks used for events, dates or hallmarks that are no longer made.
Hallmarks are small markings stamped on gold, silver and platinum articles.