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FASHION ACCESSORIES COURSE MARKS THE START OF AUTUMN TRAINING AT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

Fashion Accessories (Featured Image) Once again, Assay Office Birmingham plays host to another education and training session tomorrow as we have taking place an Understanding Product Safety for Fashion Accessories course. This one day course offers basic level training for jewellery technologists and costume jewellery and fashion accessories buyers who wish to understand new and current EU and USA product legislation and testing requirements BEFORE supplying products for sale to consumers. The course provides an invaluable overview of the current market for precious and non-precious metals and accessories before focusing on Nickel, Lead and Cadmium, including why each metal is harmful and current testing regulations. Th....     More >

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LET’S TALK DIAMONDS! DON’T DELAY AND BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY!

Diamond Ring Feature Image Spaces are still available on the Understanding Diamonds training course which is taking place on Tuesday 23rd September. This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. The one day course will provide an in depth understanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. It gives each delegate a chance to study and observe loose diamonds using a 10x magnification loupe as in retail conditions. Delegates will gain a greater understanding of the 4 C's and also diamond treatments, simulants and synthetics. The course provides 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. The fee for t....     More >

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WE’RE HIRING – ARE YOU THE MARKETING COORDINATOR WE ARE LOOKING FOR

assayoffice2014. VACANCY AT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR - MATERNITY COVER Job Title:               Marketing Co-ordinator    (Fixed Term 12 Month Contract)       Department:          Sales & Marketing Hours:                   37.5 hours per week A reliable and efficient administrator is required to provide Maternity cover for the position of Marketing Co-ordinator in the Sales and Marketing Department of Assay Office Birmingham for a 12 month period from October 2014.If this sounds like you please get in touch today.  We look forward to hearing from you. Main responsibility Specific responsibility for Microsoft Dynamics....     More >

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FINAL PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR IJL AT OLYMPIA

faceijl We have definitely hit the ground running after the soggy Bank Holiday break.  Final preparations are now being made to our Press Packs - we have several exciting service launches to shout about at IJL, Olympia this year - as well as getting the exhibition stand and literature packed safely up in the van ready to hit the road on Friday. SEE YOU ON STAND B60 The Sales and marketing team are an enthusiastic and talented crew.  Not only do they prepare all the promotional material, they also build the stand as well as meeting up with clients and associates old and new during the exhibition itself...... What to look out for at the Show NEW - Launch of the "Melting Pot" service from the....     More >

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NEW ANCHORCERT DIAMOND SHOWCARD FOR RETAILERS

showcards feat image PICK UP A NEW ANCHORCERT DIAMOND SHOWCARD AT IJL STAND B60 Retailers who stock diamonds certificated by the AnchorCert GemLab can pick up a bonus at International Jewellery London. AnchorCert are giving away free copies of their revamped “Diamond Characteristics” Showcard and leaflet to AnchorCert customers. The classy new showcards have been redesigned to include an explanation of the features of the cut which affect the appearance and qualities of the diamond. They are an invaluable selling tool for staff, particularly when they are trying to explain the difference between two diamonds, helping them to sell up. NEW RETAILER LEAFLET - YOUR GUIDE TO CHOOSING A DIAMOND The ....     More >

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ANOTHER EVENTFUL DAY AT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

Understanding Watches Delegates on Hallmarking Tour (Featured Image) Today at Assay Office Birmingham we had 2 events taking place, an In-House Jewellery Valuation and an Understanding Watches course. VIP Jewellery, Watch & Silverware Valuation Day The jewellery valuation days are extremely popular with customers who require insurance valuations for their precious possessions such as rings, watches, necklaces, bangles, and silverware. The next jewellery valuation days at Assay Office Birmingham are on the following dates: Tuesday 30th September 2014 Tuesday 28th October 2014 Tuesday 25th November 2014 Tuesday 16th December 2014 If you would like to book an appointment with one of our expert valuers, please go to www.vipvaluations.c....     More >

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**NEW JUST LANDED–NEW MELTING POT– GET YOURS TODAY NEW**

melt pot feat img PICK UP YOUR MELTING POT ON STAND B60 AT IJL - OLYMPIA 31.8. - 2.9.14 The new MELTING POT from the Analytical Laboratory has just arrived.  Pop onto STAND B60 at IJL and pick yours up. Safely store your scrap as you collect it in our new melting pot. Once full bring it in and use our independent, fast & efficient melt and assay service. With the price of gold and other precious metal fluctuating, the demand for reclamation is still buoyant. The analytical laboratory has several induction furnaces to enable a faster and more efficient melting service. The UKAS accredited Analytical laboratory utilises both traditional and modern techniques to deliver an accurate, independent....     More >

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RESOUNDING SUCCESS FOR GENERAL PUBLIC VISITS AT ASSAY OFFICE

Silver Visit Attendees (Featured Image) Yesterday proved a very successful day for Assay Office Birmingham as the latest General Public Silver Visits offering  an exclusive opportunity to view the private silver collection were both SOLD OUT. Visitors gave us positive feedback about the tour which was conducted by Marie Brennan, Business Relations Manager at Assay Office Birmingham. Once again, the Gift Shop was extremely busy with visitors choosing to take home with them sterling silver pieces made and hallmarked in Birmingham. For this year, there are only 2 more dates available for members of the public to book onto. The next available dates and times for the General Public Silver Visits are Thursday 23rd October and ....     More >

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STAMP OF APPROVAL FOR ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM DIGITAL PLANS

Heritage Lottery Fund Logo (Featured Image) The Assay Office Birmingham, in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, has received a stamp of approval, and a grant of £70,900, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its plans to bring collections dating to the 18th century into the digital age. Birmingham’s Assay Office was founded in 1773 after industrial pioneer Matthew Boulton tired of sending items from his Soho Manufactory to Chester for hallmarking – a mark assuring the fineness of precious metal and jewellery and one of the earliest forms of consumer protection. Independent testing and hallmarking of precious metal articles began in the 14th century and is still a legal requirement in the UK. Assay Office Birmingham is th....     More >

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TIME TO BOOK ON THE NEXT UNDERSTANDING WATCHES COURSE

Education & Training 2014 feat img Assay Office Birmingham has another course coming up on Tuesday 26th August, this time it's our ever popular Understanding Watches session delivered by watch industry expert Peter Tales MBHI. This hands-on course is intended for retail staff or enthusiasts who already have some experience around watches. The one day course will provide an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects and benefits of different types of watches whilst helping to improve self-confidence in selling or assessing a watch. The course gives each delegate a chance to handle and study watches closely, and disassemble items using standard basic tools. It will teach basic practical skills, which will enable de....     More >

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GRAB ONE OF THE LAST PLACES ON AUGUST UNDERSTANDING HALLMARKING COURSE TODAY!

Education & Training 2014 feat img The next Understanding Hallmarking training course takes place on Tuesday 19th August, and there are still a few places left. It is also one of the last courses to take place in the historic building before Assay Office Birmingham moves into new premises in 2015. The Assay Office Experience This half-day event provides a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Hallmarking floor, which is not open to the general public and visit the historic surroundings of Assay Office Birmingham for one of the last times ahead of our new building opening next year. During a special guided tour, you will see how Hallmarks are applied to precious metal items and jewellery and have the c....     More >

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24 CARROTS SUMMER MARKET RETURNS IN ST PAUL’S SQUARE – THURSDAY 14TH AUGUST, 4PM-9PM

24 Carrots Summer Market 2014 (Featured Image) 24 Carrots Market takes place three times a year (Easter, Summer and Christmas) in the beautiful surroundings of St Paul's Square. The Summer Market takes place on Thursday 14th August from 4pm - 9pm. Stalls include: Food based stalls: - Afia's Samona Shop: producers of quality home made fresh delicious luxury Indian food - Beans and Leaves: purveyors of speciality coffee, both beans and freshly ground, and speciality teas - Creating Taste: produces a range of award winning fine foods from its kitchen in Hockley, just a short walk from the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter - Cuffufle Conserves: make delicious home preserves with most of the main ingredients being grown and/....     More >

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ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM WELCOMES VISITORS FROM AUSTRALIA

Australian Visitors (Featured Image) It was a great pleasure for Assay Office Birmingham to greet two visitors who came to see us all the way from Australia on Friday afternoon. Kevin Hitchins, a Gold and Platinumsmith and Deborah Hamid, a Gemmologist and Valuer both took time out from their visit to the UK to view the private silver collection as Assay Office Birmingham. Kevin was formerly the punch holder for The Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia, a society formed in 1988 to uphold the standards of the goldsmith’s art in Australia. They enjoyed a tour of the Silver Collection, which was conducted by curator Craig O’Donnell.  Of particular interest to Kevin was the electrotyped plate register of 16th Cen....     More >

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WEEKEND FILMING AT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

usacufflink The dedicated staff at Assay Office Birmingham came in early on Saturday morning to work with an outside film crew.  This was the culmination of several weeks of planning and preparation.  The day went really smoothly and with all the footage in the can the crew can work on the post production with the results hopefully available in a few weeks time - exciting!! Final preparations - lots of concentration required Getting ready for the close up! Recording the film crew..... Set up nearly complete Men at work -  part 1 ..... Men at work - part 2 ...... Coins, jewellery, badges, watches, pens and more You can never have too much bling.... Lots of busy bee....     More >

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ONLY 3 PUBLIC SILVER VISITS LEFT IN 2014 – BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!

silvercolllectionfrontpageweb Silver Visits offer members of the public an exclusive chance to view our Private Silver Collection, and there are only 3 more dates left this year so don't miss out, BOOK your place NOW!  Usually these visits are only available to organised groups, so this is a unique opportunity to see the spectacular Silver Collection, the Library, and to hear about the history of both hallmarking and Assay Office Birmingham. Visitors will be met with a warm welcome, including coffee and biscuits before the visit, and afterwards, in the Gift Shop, they will be able to buy gifts such as books and silver items all made in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and hallmarked at Assay Office Birmingham....     More >

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