Thursday, 28 July 2011

Hallmarking survives Red Tape Challenge !

"Hallmarking has survived scrutiny from the government as part of its Red Tape Challenge and is now no longer in danger of being scrapped."

So the process of Hallmarking that has been around since 1327 has survived the latest string of government belt-tightening, managing to dodge the cutback bullet after a massive outcry from the jewellery community.  The Red Tape Challenge apparently received more than 6,000 comments from the jewellery industry and public protesting the proposed scrapping of the 700 year old tradition. 

I for one am very pleased that this has been protected, losing a legacy such as this that shows who made something, when they made it and where they made it. Having hundreds of years of reference to date work back to is one of the things that made me want to be part of the jewellery trade when I was first training. I loved the idea of becoming part of the heritage that has been built up using the hallmarking system and the fact that people hundreds of years from now would have a way to know that I had made the work they were looking.

If anyone wants to know more about hallmarking or the assay office take a look at the very good Assay office website.

The hallmark lives, long live the hallmark!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Onwards and upwards!

So for a while now I have been wanting to get into the wonderful world of blogging, or as I should probably call it now the blogosphere! I am writing from my workshop bench, trusty laptop at hand not really the best place to keep complicated machinery with all this silver and gold dust flying round! 

I am quite excited to say that the start of this blog also coincides with our fith anniversary, which is being marked with a sample sale with lots of our favourites from the last few years being heavily discounted. The sample sale is going live on the first of August and will be running for our birthday month only so I am hoping people will take this once in a five year opportunity and grab some pieces with a discount! 

More to follow soon!