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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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NEW ANCHORCERT SHOWCARD FOR RETAILERS

showcard - feat image POPULAR ANCHORCERT SHOWCARD REVAMPED AnchorCert Gem Lab's Diamond characteristic's Showcards have been spotted in many retailers across the country by our sales team and now the showcard has just gotten better! The classy new showcards have been redesigned to include an explanation of the features of the cut which affect the appearance and quality of the diamond. The Showcard is an invaluable selling tool for staff, particularly when they are trying to explain the difference between two diamonds which helps them to sell up. We have featured images of the 'Ideal Cut' and how the cut affects the light reflection and the beauty of the stone. Plus a detailed diagram naming all the individual....     More >

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LOOKING FORWARD TO WELCOMING NAG MEMBERS TOMORROW

Assay Office Birmingham Building Feature Image Assay Office Birmingham is looking forward to seeing a lovely bunch of NAG members tomorrow! The group are making a stop in Birmingham en route to this weekend's Loughborough Valuers Conference. We even have a visitor all the way from Australia who is the President of Gem-A Australia and has the only fully equipped Lab on the Gold Coast! Staff at Assay Office Birmingham will be giving the group the full tour to see the expert services and historic surroundings of the Office before the move due to take place in 2015. For those of you attending the Valuers Conference this weekend, we look forward to seeing you all there! www.theassayoffice.co.uk....     More >

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YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BOOK ONTO AN ASSAY OFFICE TRAINING COURSE THIS YEAR

Education & Training 2014 feat img Your last chance to book this year on several courses as many of the dates have sold out. Top up your training before the Christmas selling season starts! Book a one day training course 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 * Unde....     More >

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE LOUGHBOROUGH VALUERS CONFERENCE?

P AnchorCert Gem Lab is delighted to sponsor the Loughborough Valuers Conference again this year. It is still the only event in the world that endeavours to appeal to all sectors of the trade from junior sales staff to senior partners. In other words, this event offers something for everyone in the retail jewellery trade, not only from the UK and Ireland, but also the rest of the world. This regular two-and-a-half day event, held every September in Loughborough, Leicestershire, provides opportunity for all to expand their knowledge and make new contacts and friends. The Conference is renowned for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, but not for being a relaxing event the business sessi....     More >

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NEW ASSAY OFFICE BUILDING STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE

Assay Office Birmingham - Building Construction (Feature Image) The construction of the new Assay Office Birmingham building is starting to take shape and the plans and building models are now beginning to look very real. The steel frames for the building are slowly changing the landscape of the Jewellery Quarter in the area of Icknield Street. The new site of Assay Office Birmingham is located within the St George’s development, fronting Icknield Street. Assay Office Birmingham is one of Birmingham’s oldest institutions and is also one of the busiest Assay Offices in the UK. It has a statutory duty to hallmark precious metals such as jewellery and silverware. Assay Office Birmingham was founded in 1773 by the leading industrialist,....     More >

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WHAT TIME IS IT?! TIME YOU VISITED ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM FOR OUR UNDERSTANDING WATCHES COURSE!

Watch 2 (Featured Image) Time is ticking by without a second thought and we are fast approaching the end of 2014, so why not book onto the next Understanding Watches course which is taking place at Assay Office Birmingham on Wednesday 17th September 2014. We have a few spaces still available.  The cost of the course cost of £195 + VAT. Peter Tales is the tutor for this course.   Following a successful career with the Signet Group, managing their watch and jewellery repair business he created Horology Consulting in 2010. Originally trained as a jewellery designer, Peter has also worked for Seiko UK, and learned his watchmaking skills with an independent Omega service agency. With many years experience in r....     More >

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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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