Hallmarking was originally introduced in 1300 by a Statute of Edward I and is one of the earliest forms of consumer protection.
All silver items over the legal weight threshold of 7.78 grams must be tested so that they meet the UK legal requirements. This cannot be done by the manufacturer and must be submitted to one of the four UK Assay Offices. SilvaFush Jewellery has been granted a Sponsor Mark (SF) by the Birmingham Assay Office, which has been a centre of expert opinion and independent assessment of jewellery and precious metals for nearly 250 years.
SilvaFush Jewellery has taken the decision to have most pendants and anything over 7g hallmarked to confirm that the product has been tested and conforms to the required legal standards. For the pendants outline laser hallmarking has been used, this leaves a very delicate hallmark, hardly visible to the naked eye, best seen with a magnifying glass.
Please be aware that there is a difference between hallmarking and stamping. Stamping will usually consist of three numbers for example 999 for fine silver or 925 for sterling silver, it may also include letters. Stamping can be undertaken by a maker or supplier and this does not constitute hallmarking.
To find out more about the Birmingham Assay Office and hallmarking please their website.