The Edinburgh Assay Office has recently appointed one of its longest serving members of staff, Charles Munro, to the newly created position of Master Marker.

The position of Master Marker represents the very highest standard in hand marking. The role preserves the traditional skills and processes involved in hand marking that remain virtually unchanged since the castle hallmark was first applied in Edinburgh in 1457.

The Assay Office and The Incorporation of Goldsmiths are committed to supporting craftspeople and whilst the Assay Office continues to develop new technologies in order to provide cutting edge hallmarking services to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving jewellery industry, it remains dedicated to providing a personal and traditional service for craftspeople.


Charles Munro is the Assay Office’s most experienced members of the hallmarking team and his appointment to this position recognises his commitment, skills and enthusiasm for the craft. He began his career with the Assay Office in 1985 and has since applied the hallmark to some of the most prestigious silver commissions in recent history including, The Scottish Parliament’s silver mace, The Honours of Scotland sculpture, The Millennium Collection and  the Silver of the Stars collection.

Scott Walter, Edinburgh Assay Office chief executive officer says: “It is so important that whilst we develop our technology and services for the emerging jewellery industry, we also continue to support our traditional craftspeople by nurturing the unique hallmarking skills that they require. The UK continues to lead the world in silversmithing and we like to think we are playing our small part supporting that success.”

On his new appointment Munro comments: “This is a wonderful honour and recognition from the company I have loved working for  for 31 years and I’m delighted to named champion of these skills and traditions that go back five centuries.”