EAO closed for August bank holiday

The Edinburgh Assay Office will be CLOSED for the August bank holiday on MONDAY 27th AUGUST, 2018

We will REOPEN for business as usual at 8:30am on TUESDAY 28th AUGUST, 2018

 

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our team on 0131 556 1144

 

We hope all of our customers enjoy the bank holiday!

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The British Hallmarking Council rules on offshore hallmarks

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The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) has concluded that UK hallmarks applied overseas by a UK Assay Office (offshore Hallmarks) must be distinguishable from those applied by Assay Offices, here in the UK.

In a recent statement to the press the BHC Chairman, Noel Hinter OBE, said “There has been extensive discussion within the BHC at a special meeting in January and the regular meeting in March in order to determine the way forward on this matter.
The BHC Policy on the use of existing office marks with no differentiation was established in 2014, following the publication of the Legislative Reform (Hallmarking) Order in 2013. This policy has been enforced consistently since that time and all UK Assay Offices have been fully compliant with the requirements of standing legislation and BHC policy.

Following the decision of Case C-525/14 in the European Court of Justice handed down in 2016, this policy came under review. The consultation on overseas hallmarking formed part of this review process. Taking account of all views, the BHC collectively determined to change the policy established in 2014. Consequently, it has been decided that hallmarks struck overseas by UK Assay Offices should be distinguishable from those struck in the UK. However, the offshore mark design must comply with standing legislation. A decision on the form of the offshore mark is to be taken shortly by BHC and will be implemented over a 12 month transition period.

BHC are now focusing on how the changes may best be implemented to ensure minimum cost and disruption to the trade whilst ensuring clarity for consumers. A new Dealers’ Notice will be prepared to coincide with the introduction of the new mark. A communication plan will be agreed by the Council and a further announcement will be made later in the year.”

EAO closed for early May bank holiday

 

The Edinburgh Assay Office will be CLOSED for the Early May bank holiday on MONDAY 7th MAY, 2018

We will REOPEN for business as usual at 8:30am on TUESDAY 8th MAY, 2018

 

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our team on 0131 556 1144

 

We hope all of our customers enjoy the bank holiday!

 

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EAO closed for Spring bank holiday

 

The Edinburgh Assay Office will be CLOSED for the Spring bank holiday on MONDAY 28th MAY, 2018

We will REOPEN for business as usual at 8:30am on TUESDAY 29th MAY, 2018

 

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our team on 0131 556 1144

 

We hope all of our customers enjoy the spring sunshine!

 

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Comply before you Apply – A Reminder on Assay Assured

Assay Assured is the world’s first digital trust mark for online jewellery retailers.

Since the launch of Assay Assured in June 2012, we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from retailers. Assay Assured was created to encourage and promote good practice among online jewellery retailers while offering an independent means by which consumers can buy jewellery online with confidence.

 

Make sure you comply before you apply by following our guidelines.

Retailer’s due diligence

Make sure that the precious metal items you are selling meet with the UK’s hallmarking requirements.

  1. Check the precious metal weight of each product line and make sure it carries a hallmark if it exceeds the mandatory hallmarking weight.
  2. Ensure all suppliers are made aware in writing that articles above the mandatory hallmarking weight must be hallmarked.
  3. Spot check product that should carry a hallmark on receipt from suppliers and prior to dispatch to ensure it is compliant.

Ensure that any branded product is genuine and not counterfeit.

  1.  Deal directly with brands or their authorised agents.
  2.  Avoid obtaining branded product form a source that can’t be verified.

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