Industry members from across UK head to London for celebration.
Princess Michael of Kent attended a glittering event last night to launch the Commemorative Hallmark for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Members of the industry from retail, design and manufacture gathered at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall at an event jointly hosted by the Goldsmiths’ Company and the four UK Assay Offices, London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh.
Princess Michael of Kent witnessed the first Jubilee marks being formally struck at the evening party.
The creation of a celebratory Diamond Jubilee Hallmark follows a tradition established in the twentieth century when commemorative hallmarks recognised the Silver Jubilee of George and Mary in 1935, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and Golden Jubilee in 2002.
There was also a special cross-shaped mark for the Millennium which proved extremely popular, being stamped on over five million pieces.
The Diamond Jubilee mark is additional and is being marked on items between now and 1st October 2012.
Displays at last night’s launch event showcased contemporary jewellery, traditional silverware and enamelled and silver pieces from designers, jewellers and silversmiths working throughout the country, including Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and Hatton Garden.