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Help with British Hallmarks

‘Hallmark’ is a word you may often see in our descriptions but not know what it means. We wanted to help explain what a hallmark is and how you can learn to read them yourself.  WHAT IS A HALLMARK?  Until 1998, a Hallmark consisted of four COMPULSORY MARKS.  Since 1998 the date letter has become optional but the other three symbols remain compulsory. The symbols give the following information:  who made the piece  what is its guaranteed standard of fineness  the Assay Office at which the piece was tested and marked the year in which the article was tested and marked THE MAKERS MARK OR SPONSOR’S MARK  This is the unique mark of the company or person responsible for sending the piece for hallmarking. The sponsor may be the manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, retailer or an individual. To obtain a sponsor’s mark you must register with an Continue Reading “Help with British Hallmarks”
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Gemstones: Amethyst

To celebrate the launch of our website in February 2021, we have written our first blog post all about Amethysts!  Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and is also known as a crystal of protection and healing.   Amethyst is the purple variety of Quartz and the most highly valued stone in the Quartz group. Amethysts’ shades range from light lilac to deep purple, the presence of aluminium and iron impurities lends Amethyst its colour.  The name Amethyst means “not drunken” in Greek, which referenced the belief that the stone would prevent drunkenness. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved drinking vessels from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.  The Mohs hardness scale for Amethyst is 7, making it ideal for use in jewellery and body adornment.   Here is a range of our Amethyst jewels…  Continue Reading “Gemstones: Amethyst”