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Start 2015 in style.  Here is your chance to win a free place on the first of next year's Understanding Hallmarking courses, which will take place on Wednesday 25th February 2015.

Faye Hallmarking

In order to be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is answer the following questions: 1) In what year was Assay Office Birmingham founded? 2) In what year did it become compulsory to hallmark Palladium items? 3) In what year did AnchorCert Gem Lab celebrate it's 10th anniversary?


You will find the answer to Question 1 within the Assay Office Birmingham logo

To check the answer for Question 2, please follow the link below;

To find the answer to Question 3, look at the year the video was uploaded onto YouTube (link below)

Here are details of the Course Contents.

• Tour the Hallmarking floor and the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at Hallmarking • Learn all about the history of Hallmarking in the UK • Gain an overview of the Hallmarking Act and current legislation • Understand Hallmarks • Find out more about testing methods used in the Hallmarking process - XRF, cupellation and titration • View methods used to apply Hallmarks (Hand, Press and Laser Hallmarking) • Look at Tooling and Hallmarking Punches • Find out about other Hallmarks recognised in the UK - Convention Hallmarks • View Mixed Metal Hallmarking


The UNIQUE Assay Office Experience

As part of the hallmarking course you will have the chance to go behind the scenes of the Hallmarking floor, which is not open to the general public. During a special guided tour, you will see how Hallmarks are applied to precious metal items and jewellery and have the chance to ‘have a go’ at Hallmarking. The course is ideal for those working in the jewellery or precious metal trades, collectors, and members of the public who would like to learn more about Hallmarking, including the history of Hallmarking in the UK and current legislation. The course provides three hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity.

Although there can only be one winner you can always book to attend the 25th February or the 15th April course.  The course costs £75 + VAT.  You can download a course guide and booking form by clicking on the link below;

To book a place on the Understanding Hallmarking course, call 0121 262 1024 or email





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