|Here is a brief guide to HALLMARKING.
If you don't believe us please see what the LAW says at
http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/images/pdfs/Hallmark guidance Notes FINAL.pdf
This will give much information about hallmarking. Page 9 shows that silver items under 7.78 grams do NOT need to be hallmarked.
Many people think a "925" stamp or a "sterling" stamp proves an item is silver.
IT DOES NOT.
Anyone is able to buy a punch with 925 on and can smack it with a hammer into whatever you like. If you were to sell an item bearing a 925 stamp mark that is not sterling silver you would be breaking the law. You CANNOT falsely describe an item as it breaks the trades description act.
What is allowed
Silver charm 6.2 Grams described as sterling silver. Does it have to be hallmarked. NO
Silver charm 7.9 Grams described as sterling silver. Does it have to be hallmarked. YES
Silver charm 7.9 Grams described as white metal or silver coloured. Does it have to be hallmarked. NO as you are NOT selling the item as sterling silver.
Some people then say "How does the customer know if an item IS silver if it's not hallmarked and the 925 stamp means nothing." Answer YOU DON'T its a matter of trust.
I, as a retailer, have to trust the companies I buy from. Some are wholesalers and buy from manufacturers and they again have to trust that what they are being sold is silver. Some we deal with are manufacturers and again we have to trust that there is at least 925 parts of pure silver in every 1000 parts metal IE 925.
This can also be how assay offices work.
Instead of submitting EVERY item to the assay office for hallmarking, the assay office hallmark jump rings to allow them to be applied to items as necessary by some manufacturers. The assay office has to TRUST the company will not break the law and only apply to sterling silver items.
We do urge you to read the laws on hallmarking and not to rely on negative feedback left by some who haven't bothered to read the leaflet.
If you don't want to read the leaflet please give them a call. They really are a friendly bunch and will be HAPPY to explain the weight exemptions and again a brief guide to the law. I call them myself now and again to make sure we are up to date with our knowledge and our understanding of the law.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all.
Other ebay guides that may also assist you are:-
Below you will see the LEGAL dealers notice that displays the weight exemptions IE ITEMS that DON'T have to display a hallmark.
Above you will see the LEGAL dealers notice that displays the weight exemptions IE ITEMS that DON'T have to display a hallmark.