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IDENTIFYING CRYSTAL GLASS

  Test 1 - Combined Lead and Crystal compliance test – Quick Qualitative test The item will first be submitted for lead testing, if it contains less than 500ppm of lead, the test will end there as the item is compliant with the Lead Reach Regulations and therefore the customer will only pay the price of a Lead test, however if the item fails the lead test then it will be tested further automatically to determine if it is crystal glass, this test will state if the item is crystal gl…

By admin | Oct 10th, 2014
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ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM LOOKS AHEAD TO THE NPA CONFERENCE 2014

Representatives from Assay Office Birmingham will be attending this year's NPA Conference, which is taking place at Hotel Russell in London on Friday 10th October to promote the AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory, SafeGuard Jewellery Valuation Service, The Analytical Laboratory and Hallmarking. Many pawnbrokers use several divisions of Assay Office Birmingham to test, verify or authenticate precious metal content, diamonds, pearls and other gemstones prior to re-sale in order to add ind…

By admin | Oct 8th, 2014
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COMPETITION TIME! YOUR CHANCE TO WIN........?

SAFEGUARD JEWELLERY VALUATIONS ARE OFFERING YOU THE CHANCE TO WIN TWO HANDY JEWELLERY TOOLS! In order to win two great prizes, all you need to do is tell us the answer to the following question…….. WHAT CAN YOU WIN? One lucky winner will receive a 10x Magnification Loupe with Case and a handy Friction Ball both useful tools for a retailer. These prizes were very kindly surprised to us by Cooksongold. Good Luck!!!!!

By admin | Oct 7th, 2014
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WHEN IS A HALLMARK NOT A HALLMARK?

Do you know what marks you should be looking for when studying a hallmark on a piece of jewellery or silverware? The exemption weight is based on the precious metal content only, excluding, for example, weight of diamonds or gemstones, except in the case of articles consisting of precious metal and base metal in which case the exemption weight is based on the total metal weight. Exemption weights: Platinum 0.5 grams Gold 1.0 gram Palladium 1.0 gram Silver 7.78 gram Note: Any p…

By admin | Oct 3rd, 2014
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