Silver Hallmarking and Quality

Silver jewellery is made from sterling silver - 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper.

Silver is a very soft metal and 100% pure silver is not suitable for jewellery because it is too soft and would easily bend and go out of shape.

There are very strict legal requirements that must be adhered to when retailing jewellery in the UK.

UK law requires any sterling silver product over 7.78 grams in weight to be hallmarked by one of the four UK independent Assay Offices.

A hallmark is not be to confused with a manufacturers '925' stamp. '925' stamped into a piece of silver jewellery does not guarantee quality or that the product is really sterling silver.

A UK hallmark must also be present by law, otherwise the product can not be legally sold as sterling silver!

Silver Hallmarking Dealers Notice

One of the requirements of the Hallmarking Act 1973 is that all dealers supplying precious metal jewellery shall display a notice explaining the approved hallmarks.

A legal UK hallmark consists of:

Sponsors Mark:

Sponsors mark - this is the unique mark assigned to each maker/importer that is registered with the assay office.

Silvertime is registered with Birmingham Assay Office. All our silver jewellery that we import is sent to Birmingham Assay Office for independent testing and hallmarking as required by UK law. Our sponsors mark is 'ST'.

Standard Mark:

Standard Mark - this mark denotes the standard of metal, eg. 925 for sterling silver, 375 for 9ct gold.

Assay Office Mark:

The Anchor symbol is the mark to show the product has been hallmarked at Birmingham Assay Office.

When we send our jewellery to Assay random pieces are cut and scrapped so that the silver can be tested for purity.

Silvertime Jewellery - Quality Guaranteed:

All our products are Nickel free and regularly tested. All gems stones used in our jewellery are also randomly tested.

We have been retailing jewellery for over 20 years. We have been trading on the internet since 1999.

Our wealth of experience guarantees that we only select the finest quality jewellery to include in our product range. We work closely with British manufacturers, UK importers and overseas manufacturers.

The only reason our prices are affordable and highly competitive is because we buy in large quantities and our overheads are low due to now being an internet only business. Many of our products are produced by the same manufacturers that supply exclusive high street jewellers.

We really do offer quality and exceptional value for money together with unrivalled service and customer support.

We look forward to welcoming you as a customer.

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