Downloads & Resources

The following forms and information resources are available to download:

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Forms for Submitting Hallmarking

Hallnote

Use this form for submitting items for testing and hallmarking.

Alternatively register for our Virtual Assay Office.

Special Instruction Sheet

Use this form to note any special instructions or provide diagrams for marking positions when submitting goods for Assay. To be attached to the completed hallnote.

 

Registration Information

List of Punch Shapes

View the range of sponsors’ mark shapes available for new registrations.

Our online registration service has now replaced paper forms as our standard registration method.

 

Our Services

Price List

Even simpler pricing.

Large & Decorative Marks Price List

To be read in conjuction with the main Price List.

Assay Assured Leaflet

Information on the world's first digital trust mark for online jewellery retailers.

Emergency Services

Information on our fast-turnaround services. One hour, same day and next day.

 

Assay Assured

Assay Assured Leaflet

Information on the world's first digital trust mark for online jewellery retailers.

 

Pricing

Price List

Even simpler pricing.

Large & Decorative Marks Price List

To be read in conjuction with the main Price List.

Emergency Services

Information on our fast-turnaround services. One hour, same day and next day.

 

Dealer’s Notice

Dealers' Notice

Download the latest copy of the dealers' notice (mandatory under section 11 of the Hallmarking Act for anyone selling precious metal articles). The self print option is subject to
strict conditions.

HALLMARKING ACT 1973 – SECTION 11

DEALERS TO EXHIBIT NOTICES AS TO HALLMARKS


Legal Requirement
Section 11 of the Hallmarking Act 1973 requires:


11.— Dealers to exhibit notices as to hallmarks.
(1) Any dealer shall keep exhibited at all times, in a conspicuous position in a part of his premises to which those with whom he deals are commonly admitted, a notice in terms approved and in a form supplied by the Council describing such approved hallmarks and including such explanatory matter as the Council think fit; and it shall be an offence for any dealer to fail to exhibit or keep exhibited a notice required to be exhibited under this subsection.
(2) The Council may make a reasonable charge for the supply of any copy of a notice required to be exhibited under this section.


Notice from January 2010
The 2009 amendment to the Hallmarking Act requiring all articles sold or described as Palladium to have a statutory hallmark as of 1st January 2010 has created the need for a new version of the Dealers’ Notice to be produced.
After a 12 month period of grace this will become the only acceptable version as of 1st January 2011. This therefore replaces the previous version, last amended in 1998


The New Notice
The new Dealers’ Notice has been designed to bring the importance of hallmarking to consumers’ attention and to be sure they benefit from the protection it offers them at the point of sale.
The new Notice therefore features strongly an image of a hallmark including the three compulsory symbols.
In recognition of the regional and national bias of some jewellery and precious metal articles and retailers, which is integral to their branding, the new Notice will appear in four different versions, according to whether a mark from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London or Sheffield is deemed more appropriate.


Availability


The Dealers Notice will be available via three different routes:
a)Hard Copy
As previously, high quality hard copies of Dealers Notices will be available from the Assay Offices. A standard non negotiable charge of £10, including VAT at the prevailing rate will be made for each Notice. Postage will be charged at cost.

b) Electronic pdf file
The new Notice will also be available electronically as a pdf file on the websites of the four Assay Offices, the British Hallmarking Council and Trading Standards (yet to be approved)
The Notice can then be downloaded FREE for use on websites, or printed out for subsequent display in store.

Download the notice here:
files for download:

c) High resolution artwork
High resolution artwork will be available electronically from each Assay Office, allowing retailers to print their own hard copies using a professional printer.

Reproduction of the electronic versions must meet the following criteria:

The Dealers Notice:

  • Must be printed in black and white
  • Must be clearly legible (minimum dpi to be stipulated)
  • Must be printed in its entirety with no amendments, additions or deletions
  • Must be printed minimum A4 size, (210mm x 297mm portrait) but could be larger if required

Request artwork here

 

Guidance on Compliance with the UK Hallmarking Act

Dealers' Notice

Download the latest copy of the dealers' notice (mandatory under section 11 of the Hallmarking Act for anyone selling precious metal articles). The self print option is subject to
strict conditions.

HALLMARKING ACT 1973 – SECTION 11

DEALERS TO EXHIBIT NOTICES AS TO HALLMARKS


Legal Requirement
Section 11 of the Hallmarking Act 1973 requires:


11.— Dealers to exhibit notices as to hallmarks.
(1) Any dealer shall keep exhibited at all times, in a conspicuous position in a part of his premises to which those with whom he deals are commonly admitted, a notice in terms approved and in a form supplied by the Council describing such approved hallmarks and including such explanatory matter as the Council think fit; and it shall be an offence for any dealer to fail to exhibit or keep exhibited a notice required to be exhibited under this subsection.
(2) The Council may make a reasonable charge for the supply of any copy of a notice required to be exhibited under this section.


Notice from January 2010
The 2009 amendment to the Hallmarking Act requiring all articles sold or described as Palladium to have a statutory hallmark as of 1st January 2010 has created the need for a new version of the Dealers’ Notice to be produced.
After a 12 month period of grace this will become the only acceptable version as of 1st January 2011. This therefore replaces the previous version, last amended in 1998


The New Notice
The new Dealers’ Notice has been designed to bring the importance of hallmarking to consumers’ attention and to be sure they benefit from the protection it offers them at the point of sale.
The new Notice therefore features strongly an image of a hallmark including the three compulsory symbols.
In recognition of the regional and national bias of some jewellery and precious metal articles and retailers, which is integral to their branding, the new Notice will appear in four different versions, according to whether a mark from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London or Sheffield is deemed more appropriate.


Availability


The Dealers Notice will be available via three different routes:
a)Hard Copy
As previously, high quality hard copies of Dealers Notices will be available from the Assay Offices. A standard non negotiable charge of £10, including VAT at the prevailing rate will be made for each Notice. Postage will be charged at cost.

b) Electronic pdf file
The new Notice will also be available electronically as a pdf file on the websites of the four Assay Offices, the British Hallmarking Council and Trading Standards (yet to be approved)
The Notice can then be downloaded FREE for use on websites, or printed out for subsequent display in store.

Download the notice here:
files for download:

c) High resolution artwork
High resolution artwork will be available electronically from each Assay Office, allowing retailers to print their own hard copies using a professional printer.

Reproduction of the electronic versions must meet the following criteria:

The Dealers Notice:

  • Must be printed in black and white
  • Must be clearly legible (minimum dpi to be stipulated)
  • Must be printed in its entirety with no amendments, additions or deletions
  • Must be printed minimum A4 size, (210mm x 297mm portrait) but could be larger if required

Request artwork here

Hallmark Guidance Leaflet 2016

A simple guide to the rules and regulations governing hallmarking in the UK.

Guidance on Bonded Gold

The British Hallmarking Council's guidance on bonded gold.

Guidance on Mokume Gane Articles

The British Hallmarking Council's guidance on mokume gane articles.

Guidance on Sponsors Marks, Logos & Town Marks

The British Hallmarking Council's principles and guidance on sponsor's marks, logos and town marks.

Practical Hallmarking Guide

A simple and practical guide to UK Hallmarking.

Hallmarking Act 1973

The complete Hallmarking Act 1973 including all subsequent amendments.

Guidance on Gold Plated Silver

The British Hallmarking Council's guidance on gold plated silver articles.

Guidance on Colour Description

Guidance on the use of the words, gold, platinum, palladium and silver when used to describe the colour of base metal jewellery and watches.

Mixed Metals Additional Guidance

Specific guidance on articles consisting of precious metal and non-precious metal.

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