Jewellery big shots take hallmarking concern to PM


Organisations co-sign letter to David Cameron on Red Tape Challenge.

Some of the biggest names in the jewellery business have pulled together to send a joint letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable to urge that hallmarking is removed from the Government’s Red Tape Challenge.

The letter, which was emailed to a number of national newspapers as well as posted to Cameron and Cable, was signed by British Jewellers’ Association chief executive Simon Rainer, National Association of Goldsmiths chief executive Michael Hoare, Laings of Glasgow managing director Stuart Laing, Company of Master Jewellers chief executive Willie Hamilton and National Pawnbrokers Association chief executive Des Milligan.

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Professional Jeweller has acquired a copy of the letter which you can read in full below.

Dear Sirs

We the undersigned strongly recommend that Hallmarking be removed from the Government’s recently launched “Red Tape Challenge.”

Collectively, our associations and organisations represent the majority of suppliers and retailers in the UK jewellery industry.

Following the review of the British Hallmarking Council by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills in late 2010, the UK jewellery industry breathed a collective sigh of relief that the exacting standards imposed by the four assay offices of Great Britain: London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh would continue to be at the heart of consumers confidence when buying jewellery.

Not only is hallmarking the oldest consumer protection practice in the UK, it is revered around the world as a standard to represent integrity and product quality assurance. The recent expansion of buying gold by post has shown that not all companies are honest with their customers as the recent OFT investigation showed. Allowing potential loopholes for unscrupulous companies is not seen as sensible.

Hallmarking attracts no bureaucracy, is not a financial burden to government and is efficiently regulated. There is absolutely no benefit to the consumer or to the UK jewellery industry for Hallmarking to be scrapped.

For all of those in support of British Hallmarking we strongly urge you to register your comments at:



Yours sincerely

Simon Rainer Chief Executive – British Jewellers’ Association

Michael Hoare Chief Executive- The National Association of Goldsmiths

Stuart Laing Managing Director – Laings of Glasgow

Willie Hamilton Chief Executive – Company of Master Jewellers

Des Milligan Chief Executive- National Pawnbrokers Association



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