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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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NEW UPDATED EDITABLE TEST APPLICATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE ANALYTICAL LABORATORY

P      New, updated test application forms that can completed digitally are now available from the Analytical Laboratory. Simply download the relevant form from http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/downloads_area_lab.html  or click on the relevant image below, type in and tick the relevant boxes and then print off and submit the completed form with your item. NICKEL, LEAD & CADMIUM TEST APPLICATION FORM Click on the image above and fill in the Nickel, Lead & Cadmium test application form if you require any of the following tests: Nickel release, our UNIQUE Crystal Glass test, Lead content or Cadmium content testing, unique quick tests, full tests and combined tests are availa....     More >

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TOP DESIGNERS CREATE CHARM BRACELET FOR BREAST CANCER CARE

Breast Cancer Care Logo (Featured Image) Some of the UK’s leading jewellery designers have joined forces to create a stunning, sterling silver, charm bracelet for The British Jewellers’ Association which is to be auctioned at International Jewellery London to raise money for the charity Breast Cancer Care UK. The bracelet features eight, individual, one-off, charms from a list of designers whose names read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of great jewellery design and who between them have carried off numerous high-profile awards including recognition in the ‘UK Jewellery Awards’ for Alexander Davis, Shaun Leane, Sarah Jordan and Tomasz Donocik and ‘BJA Designer of the Year’ Awards for Andrew Geoghegan and Linda Macdonald. T....     More >

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JOB VACANCY AT ANCHORCERT GEM LAB

Ft image size Assay Office Birmingham Requires A  Customer Liaison Administrator for AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory. AnchorCert is the Gemmological Division of Assay Office Birmingham. We are the only UK Gemmological Laboratory that is UKAS accredited to ISO 17025. We are looking for a Customer Liaison Administrator to join our small team of gemmologists to support all administration aspects of the AnchorCert Gemmology Laboratory, as well as some Sales and marketing duties. Duties will include: ADMINISTRATION Carry out all the administration duties within AnchorCert. These will include: data input, booking In, photography, checking data input as per the ISO requirement, invoicing, despa....     More >

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JACK ROW LAUNCHES MIRAGE COLLECTION OF LUXURY PENS AND CUFFLINKS AT BURLINGTON ARCADE

JR pen nib Following the success of his Architect, City and Jaali Collections, award winning British designer Jack Row has launched his latest range of luxury ‘Mirage’ writing instruments and cufflinks at leading pen specialist Penfriend located in London’s historic Burlington Arcade. Painstakingly hand crafted in England from solid sterling silver, each ‘Mirage’ writing instrument is lavishly entwined with approximately twenty meters (sixty-five feet) of hand- twisted sterling wire. This traditional goldsmithing technique creates an entirely unique pattern (individual to each piece), evoking the infinitely variable patterns formed in desert sands. Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, writi....     More >

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JUST LANDED – NEW MELTING POT – GET YOURS TODAY

- The new MELTING POT from the Analytical Laboratory has just arrived.  Pop in to the Trade Counter at Assay Office Birmingham and pick yours up today.   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 laboratory is UKAS accredited, utilising both traditional and modern techniques to deliver an accurate, independent, reliable melt and assay servi....     More >

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JOB VACANCY AT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

P SAFEGUARD AND ANCHORCERT  Job Title:          SafeGuard and AnchorCert Operations Manager Department:    Safeguard and AnchorCert Hours:             37.5 hours per week  SafeGuard is the largest independent valuation service in the UK. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of the  Assay Office Birmingham. We pride ourselves on our unrivalled quality of service, skills and expertise.  AnchorCert is the only UK Gemmological Laboratory that is UKAS accredited to ISO 17025 and is part of  Assay Office Birmingham.  What we are looking for:- We are looking for an Operations Manager to be responsible for all aspects of the SafeGuard and AnchorCert Opera....     More >

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Have you seen our latest Jewellery Focus Article? Rubies – Stay Glassy

IMG_0612 - Copy  Treatment of coloured stones to enhance their colour and clarity is a centuries -old practice. However, it appears to have taken on a new dimension in recent years, driven partly by advances in technology. Marie Chalmers DGA, FGA  a tutor for the Education and Training  division who delivers the “Understanding Coloured Gemstones” course at  Assay Office Birmingham explains more. "To a qualified gemmologist a glass filled ruby is relatively easy to identify as it will have glass bubbles and flashes of blue light when examined under a 10 x loupe. There are some key technological strides made in recent decades which have enabled more sophisticated treatments to be developed, but....     More >

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How To Learn More About Jewellery, Watches & Accessories

2014 Courses_mast_head V2 Book a one day training course TODAY and boost your knowledge and confidence HALLMARKING SEMINARS|GEMSTONE TRAINING|TAILORED PROGRAMMES|UNDERSTANDING ANTIQUE JEWELLERY|CPD ACCREDITED   INCREASE YOUR KNOWLEDGE, BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE   Assay Office Birmingham offers a wide range of carefully targeted ONE DAY courses including: * Understanding Jewellery Valuations * Understanding Diamonds * Understanding Watches *Understanding Product Safety for Fashion Accessories  * Understanding Hallmarking – The Assay Office Experience * Understanding Coloured Gemstones * Understanding Antique Jewellery * Introduction to Touch Acid Testing   New for 2014 ** Understanding Jewellery Valuat....     More >

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