Precious Metals articles

Demand for Fairtrade gold continues to increase in the UK

Demand for Fairtrade gold continues to increase in the UK

The latest shipment of Fairtrade gold brought into the UK was the biggest to date as demand keeps on growing. Cred Jewellery reveals last month’s import was a huge 19.1kg in weight and came from Fairtrade accredited gold mine Macdesa, in Southern Peru. This is the single biggest import of Fairtrade gold, beating the last


Hockley Mint wins exclusive UK distribution of new tarnish-resistant silver

British jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint has secured an agreement to be the exclusive UK distributor of a revolutionary new tarnish-resistant silver alloy called Silnova. Furthermore, Hockley Mint will also be the exclusive UK manufacturer of Silnova product, and hopes that the metal will particularly appeal to designers who are looking for high-quality silver that consumers can

Hallmarking declines across all metals apart from platinum in Q2 and June

Assay Office Birmingham has compiled the hallmarking figures for Q2 2018, highlighting a 9.3% decrease in the number of items assayed compared to the same period last year. In total 1,934,742 items were hallmarked, with all metals taking a hit apart from platinum, which cited a 5.3% lift. The same can be said for the

Soley London creates platinum trophy for inaugural athletics world cup

Fine jewellery manufacturer Soley London has created a platinum trophy for the forthcoming inaugural Athletics World Cup. Crated in 999 platinum, 15 different craftsmen worked on the trophy, which is the first of its kind to be made in the precious metal. The piece was designed and created in the company’s London-based workshop and will

Hallmarking down 11% in May as all metals suffer

Hallmarking figures compiled by Assay Office Birmingham for May 2018 show a decrease in items assayed across all metals compared to the same period in 2017.  Overall, the number of units hallmarked by the four UK Assay Offices in May 2018 was down by 11.3% compared to last year. The amount of articles hallmarked dipped for

NAJ and BATF launch competition to find striking silverware

National Association of Jewellers has joined forces with its parent company, the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) to launch a competition to find an interesting piece of silverware to sit alongside other important silver items collected over the years by the Federation. The competition brief asks entrants to design and make a piece of sterling

Hallmarking down 3% in April 2018 as silver takes hit

Figures compiled by Assay Office Birmingham for April 2018 show a decrease in items hallmarked compared to the same period last year. Overall, the number of units hallmarked by the four UK Assay Offices in April 2018 was down by 3%. Gold and platinum actually posted double digit growth of 12.1% and 10.9% respectively, but the number

Off-shore hallmarking review reaches verdict

The British Hallmarking Council has decided in principle that hallmarks struck overseas by UK Assay Offices should be distinguished by way of a special mark. Discussions are now taking place with Assay Offices as to what form that mark should take and once agreed it will be implemented within one year. The British Hallmarking Council’s