Christmas Opening Hours at the EAO

The Edinburgh Assay office will be open until 4.30pm on Friday 22nd December, and will re-open at 8.30am on Wednesday 3rd January.


Important dates in the run up to Christmas


Window Collections - collections can be made as normal from the office up until Friday 22nd December at 4.30pm.

Emergency Services – there is no cut-off date for Emergency services but please do note that this is our busiest period and these are subject to availability. Please call the office to arrange any emergency service in advance as normal.

Post and Courier – the last dispatch date for standard special delivery before Christmas by the Royal Mail and Parcel Force is Thursday 21st December for arrival on 22nd December. Please note that while you can choose to dispatch parcels on Friday 22nd December on a Saturday Guaranteed special delivery, you do so at your own risk.

More information on Royal Mail and Parcel Force Christmas dates can be found on their websites.

If you arrange your own courier, please check their Christmas delivery times with them.




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Edinburgh Assay Office closed for Spring bank holiday

The Edinburgh Assay Office will be closed for the Spring bank holiday on Monday 29 May. 

We will reopen for business as usual at 8:30am on Tuesday 30 May.

If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 0131 556 1144.

We hope all of our customers enjoy the spring sunshine!

















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Easter Opening Hours

The Edinburgh Assay Office will be open for business as usual on Friday 14th April 2017

and closed on the following Monday 17th April 2017.


The Edinburgh Assay Team would like to wish all our customers happy Easter holidays!

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.


Scotgold – A Scottish Adventure

Scotgold have recently made the first pour of Scottish Gold from the Cononish Gold Mine in Tyndrum, Scotland. 12 gold rounds with a fineness of 999.9 have been created, ten of which will be sold to the public at auction.Scotgold Coins

The Edinburgh Assay Office have designed a chain of custody that will assure the provenance of the first Scottish gold poured on site at the mine. The first batch poured was tested for purity by the Edinburgh Assay Office on the 25th of October, in preparation for batch refining. The Assay Office has meticulously recorded each batch of poured gold maintains a rigorous chain of custody to assure the provenance of the finished precious metal product. Going forward, the Assay Office aims to guarantee that any gold product stamped with the Scottish Gold ‘Stag’s Head’ mark is made with authentic Scottish gold mined from Cononish mine by Scotgold Resources Ltd.