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Items in the triforium are prepared for removal as work on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Gallery begins. Photo - Dean & Chapter of Westminster

The Goldsmiths’ Company makes major contribution to Diamond Jubilee project

The Goldsmiths’ Company makes major contribution to Diamond Jubilee project

The Goldsmiths’ Company has made a contribution of £250,000 to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee project at  Westminster Abbey. Due to open in 2018, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries is a new project in the Abbey’s medieval triforium. In addition to displaying the Abbey’s silver plate, the galleries will feature many other treasures reflecting the Abbey’s rich

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Hallmarking suffers 13% dip in April 2017

Hallmarking figures compiled by Assay Office Birmingham for April 2017 show a decrease in items assayed across gold, platinum and palladium compared to the same period in 2016.  Overall, the number of units hallmarked by the four UK Assay Offices in April 2017 was down by 13.2% compared to last year. The amount of articles hallmarked dipped

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British jeweller accepts commission to make Iron Age gold jewellery replicas

A Staffordshire jeweller has been commissioned to create replicas of what experts believe could be the oldest Iron Age gold discovered in Britain. The gold jewellery pieces were found late last year in a farmer’s field in the Staffordshire village of Leekfirth . The discovery made national press as experts revealed it could be the

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Hallmarking falls by 11.9% in Q1 2017 report

Figures compiled by the Birmingham Assay Office show hallmarking fell by 11.9% in Q1 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. Gold suffered the steepest drop of 19%, followed by silver at 5.6% and platinum at 0.2%. The number of palladium articles hallmarked increased by 13.8% In total 1,921,716 items were hallmarked in the

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Hallmarking suffers 25% dip in February 2017

Hallmarking figures compiled by Assay Office Birmingham for February 2017 show a decrease in items assayed across gold, silver and platinum compared to the same period in 2016.  The number of units hallmarked by the four UK Assay Offices in February 2017 was down by 24.8% compared to last year. The amount of articles hallmarked was down

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Earliest example of Iron Age gold jewellery discovered in Britain

The earliest example of Iron Age gold jewellery has been found in a farmer’s field in Staffordshire. The intricate jewellery collection, which has been named the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs, was discovered by two metal detectorists – Mark Hambleton and Joa Kania – just before Christmas. The find includes four twisted gold torcs and a

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Hallmarking down 4.9% in January as gold takes a hit

Hallmarking figures compiled by Assay Office Birmingham for January 2017 show a decrease in items assayed compared to the same period in 2016.  The number of units hallmarked by the four UK Assay Offices in January 2017 is down by 4.9% compared to last year. Interestingly, the number of items hallmarked was up on all metals,

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Gold bars are stacked on April 6, 2009 at a plant of gold refiner and producer Argor-Heraeus in Mendrisio, in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino. While the world grapples with the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, demand for the firm's watch and jewellery components business has slumped as Swiss and Italian watchmakers trim production. Meanwhile, investors are hoarding gold bars -- an age-old insurance in times of war or calamities -- sending demand for the group's bullion production soaring. To cope with the new balance of demand, Argor is shifting manpower from its semi-finished products division to gold production and is running day and night. With orders for gold bars piling up, delivery times now stretch to two months instead of 10 days.               AFP PHOTO / Sebastian Derungs (Photo credit should read SEBASTIAN DERUNGS/AFP/Getty Images)

Political uncertainty across Europe could prompt renewed interest in gold

A precious metals analyst for Standard Chartered Bank believes rising political uncertainty across Europe could prompt renewed interest in gold. Writing in the World Gold Council’s latest edition Gold Investor, expert Suki Cooper, says unchecked US inflation, Brexit negotiations and the uncertainty surrounding Trump’s international policies could trigger another bout of hedging and safe-haven demand

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