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URGENT NOTICE FOR ALL ANALYTICAL LABORATORY CUSTOMERS

Anchor silver circle logo (small) feat img IMPORTANT MESSAGE   One of our customers has this morning queried a test report for Nickel Release which purports to have come from The Laboratory at the CHINA Assay Office.  The report carries our old rectangular logo with the Anchor and follows the exact format of our genuine reports, including the UKAS logo and our accreditation number. Please note Assay Office Birmingham does not have any association or partnership with any Assay Offices overseas. The only genuine certificates from Assay Office Birmingham are generated by our Laboratory here in Birmingham and since July 2014 have carried our new round logo; If you have any queries with regard to any certificates which pu....     More >

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IMPROVE YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON JEWELLERY THIS AUTUMN AT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

Peter Tales and Course Attendees (Feature Image) Christmas time is fast approaching and 2015 is almost upon us, but before you think about what gifts you are going to buy for your loved one's, why not take up a one day training course at Assay Office Birmingham?! As you may know, the jewellery industry has a wide variety of different areas, and when it comes to selling to customers, it can't be easy to remember every single little detail, so to help improve your knowledge and confidence with this, we have a range of one day courses on offer, which will help to ensure that your customers get the best possible information they need. To see the list of courses we have running for the remainder of the year and the prices for each one,....     More >

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LEARN ALL ABOUT HALLMARKS AT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

Understanding Hallmarking (Feature Image) Coming up on Wednesday 1st October is the latest edition of the Understanding Hallmarking training course. This course offers delegates a unique opportunity to visit the historic Assay Office Birmingham building before we move into new premises in 2015. The Assay Office Experience This half-day event gives you 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 event is ideal for those working in the jewellery or precious metal trades, collectors, and members of t....     More >

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BOOK YOUR PLACE ONTO TUESDAY’S IN-HOUSE JEWELLERY VALUATION DAY

VIP Jewellery Valuation Day Logo (Feature Image) Do you really know what your precious jewellery possessions are worth? Are your valuables adequately insured against theft, loss or even repairs? Would you be able to prove ownership of all of your valuable jewellery items should they go missing? To answer Yes to all of these questions, you now have a wonderful opportunity to book an appointment with one of our specialist jewellery, watch and silverware valuers and for a fixed fee, you will have your items photographed, and receive an immediate on the day value for each item. You will further receive a full valuation report folder containing a photograph, detailed description and statement of value for each individual item. This is a ....     More >

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A REGISTRATION WITH A TOUCHING STORY

Acorns Recently at Assay Office Birmingham a lovely lady came to register her Sponsor's mark with us and we thought it would be nice to share the interesting articles she has begun submitting for Hallmarking. Kathleen Carney who is based in Worcester, is a volunteer at her local Acorns Hospice. Kathleen takes her dog once every week to the hospice to see the children and brighten up their day. Recently, Kathleen had been sorting through her late husband's belongings and came across a design for a piece of jewellery he had commissioned as a gift many years ago, and decided it would be a perfect design for Acorns to sell in order to help raise money for their charity. The design is a necklac....     More >

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PROFESSIONAL JEWELLER STAFF VISIT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

Marion, Carla and Professional Jeweller Staff (Feature Image) It was a pleasure to see staff from one of the leading jewellery magazines - Professional Jeweller -  here at Assay Office Birmingham. Kathryn Bishop (Editor), Sarah Jordan (Assistant Editor) and Mike Viney (Commercial Account Manager) were all given a guided tour around each division of the organisation all housed in our magnificent historic building. They first visited the Hallmarking floor, where members of staff explained the assaying (testing) and hallmarking processes. The journalists were even able to have a go themselves! Our resident Polisher "Fletch" was very happy to clean and polish both Kathryn and Michael's rings while they visited the laser marking departm....     More >

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ASSAY OFFICE SHOWS SUPPORT FOR MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING 2014

Macmillan Coffee Morning (Staff Photo) Feature Image Today at the Assay Office, we were overflowing with coffee and cake as staff got together to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. This is one of many coffee mornings taking place this week around the Jewellery Quarter. All businesses will be putting their donations together to try to raise a grand total of £10,000 pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support. So far, we have raised over £65 pounds and we still have donations coming in! This year, the JQDT have set up a Jewellery Quarter JustGiving page for the coffee morning, where anyone can donate with a quick click of their mouse. You can also donate to the page on-the-go through your phone by texting “JQDT53” and your dona....     More >

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GREAT FRESHERS EVENT AT BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL OF JEWELLERY

Me at Birmingham School of Jewellery (Feature Image) The Freshers Event at Birmingham School of Jewellery proved to be a successful day all round for both the students and Assay Office Birmingham. The stand attracted large crowds who came to speak to members of staff and find out more about the testing and hallmarking services that we provide. Particular areas of interest to students were the Education and Training courses, the chance to have their own Hallmarking Sponsor Mark - their own brand and also the new Melting Pot service. You can see more about Assay Office Birmingham training courses on the website link below http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/training-and-education.html If you would like to have an item of jewellery h....     More >

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ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM PREPARES FOR FRESHERS EVENT AT SCHOOL OF JEWELLERY

School of Jewellery (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design) Assay Office Birmingham is looking forward to meeting the new students at Birmingham School of Jewellery on 23rd September, as we attend this year's Freshers Event. In previous year's, we have welcomed the new students and explained how the hallmarking system works in the UK.  The Students can then come down to the Assay Office - just a short walk from the school and sign up for their own unique Sponsor Mark. About Birmingham School of Jewellery The Birmingham School of Jewellery is positioned within the faculty of Birmingham Institute of Art and Design at Birmingham City University. The School of Jewellery on Vittoria Street has been located in the heart of Birmingham’s....     More >

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LASER MARKING SERVICE – PRODUCT PERSONALISATION VIDEO OUT NOW!

youtubelaserlogo The new Laser marking service – product personalisation video is now up on YouTube. You can click on the image below to see the video and why not leave a comment. For all laser marking enquiries Tel: 0121 262 1062  email gem@theassayoffice.co.uk Please pass the link on to  your  contacts. http://youtu.be/J-M1ZLHDndk Laser Marking Services From Assay Office Birmingham    Share your video    ....     More >

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THE LOWDOWN ON GOLD

Lowdown on Gold (Feature Image) After several years of white metal being the clear favourite for jewellery in all sectors of the market, yellow and rose gold are finally making a comeback. Assay Office Birmingham’s DIPPAL MANCHANDA sheds some light on the quality assurance issues this poses. Platinum, palladium and white gold have been in the ascendancy for a long time and the  popularity of silver has grown enormously while the price of gold has made even 9ct gold unaffordable for many. However, the warmer tones of rose gold in particular are evident in many jewellers’ ranges this year and inevitably the fine gold look is being aped by the mass market with a huge influx of rose gold plated product. THE....     More >

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NEW EDUCATION AND TRAINING COURSE DATES FOR 2015

L Assay Office Birmingham has today announced the training course schedule for 2015. Please be aware that places are limited on all courses, so book now to avoid disapointment! The training courses on offer to you are as follows: Understanding Diamonds Tuesday 10th February 2015 Tuesday 10th March 2015 Tuesday 14th April 2015 Tuesday 12th May 2015 £250 + VAT for per delegate Understanding Coloured Gemstones Tuesday 24th February 2015 Monday 16th March 2015 Tuesday 21st April 2015 Tuesday 19th May 2015 £250 + VAT for per delegate Understanding Jewellery Valuations Monday 9th February 2015 Monday 9th March 2015 Monday 20th April 2015 £19....     More >

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MATTHEW BOULTON MEMORIAL DEDICATION IN WESTINSTER ABBEY

mboultoncoin  YOUR INVITATION TO A VERY SPECIAL EVENT - BOOK NOW !! By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, I have pleasure in inviting you, with a guest, to a special service at Westminster Abbey for the Dedication of a Memorial to Matthew Boulton FRS.The 18th century Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton, was one of the most important figures of the early Industrial Revolution.  He was a man of wide-ranging talents: silversmith, button and buckle manufacturer, steam engineer, coin minter, entrepreneur, Fellow of the Royal Society and one of the founder members of the famous Lunar Society of Birmingham.  As one of Birmingham's most influential figures who made a m....     More >

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BRITISH HALLMARKING COUNCIL TOUCHSTONE AWARD

Touchstone-logo1 Officers of Flintshire County Council’s  Public Protection service are celebrating success in this year’s Touchstone Awards. The competition which is run by the British Hallmarking Council is designed to highlight good practice by enforcement bodies throughout the UK in relation to businesses which trade in precious metals.   The Flintshire entry was highly commended for its innovative approach to hallmarking which covered the three main areas of enforcement, education and information.  It related to a project carried out by Trading Standards Officer Jack Yates and Enforcement Officer Gareth Jones which focussed on Flintshire businesses which buy gold and precious metal from memb....     More >

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NAG MEMBERS VISIT A FANTASTIC SUCCESS!

NAG Visitors with Anu (Feature Image) Today at Assay Office Birmingham, we introduced members of NAG to the historic surroundings of our wonderful building! The group, which included the President of Gem-A in Australia were given a guided tour around key areas of the business as they received an insight from members of staff into the daily commercial life at the Assay Office. The visitors made a stop in Birmingham as they are all due to attend this weekend’s Loughborough Valuers Conference. For those of you who are attending the Loughborough Valuers Conference this weekend, we look forward to seeing you there! ....     More >

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