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ANCHORCERT SPONSORING THE SCOTTISH GEM-A CONFERENCE

Ft Image      AnchorCert Gem lab are pleased to sponsor the Scottish Gem-A Annual Conference which will take place in Peebles over May Bank Holiday. This well established event always has an international flavour and this year includes lectures from Michael Krzemnicki of Swiss Lab SSEF and Dr Cigdem Lule of Gemworld International. Senior Gemmologist Anu Manchanda and Marketing Manager Penny Parkes will represent AnchorCert Gem Lab and are looking forward to learning about diverse subjects from Kashmir sapphires to Antique Scottish Silver with technical workshops in between. Anu is also determined to find more gold after her success at gold panning last year. Her Ceilidh skills will have m....     More >

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24 CARROTS EASTER MARKET – THURSDAY 24TH APRIL

24-CT-Easter-Market-723x1024[1] Easter Market 28th April 4-8pm St Paul's Square ....     More >

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BIRMINGHAM HALLMARK TO BE FEATURED AT GARDENERS WORLD LIVE 2014

anchorplants A group of ten mature students studying for the RHS L2 qualification in horticulture at Horticultural Training, Kings Heath Park and led by Carole Webb, tutor and course coordinator will be entering the RHS Beautiful Borders Competition at the BBC Gardeners World Live Show 12-15 June at the NEC Birmingham. Carole Webb said "The students are all very excited and looking forward to building the border and we are all hoping to win a medal!! (Previously my training groups have won Gold 2012 and Silver-Gilt 2013)". The carpet bedding is relatively flat - like a carpet - but very textural.  Plants are then used to create the design. Contains 4800 plants The official brief for the desi....     More >

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BOOK NOW FOR ASSAY OFFICE AND UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM JEWELLERY QUARTER DAY SCHOOL

K9046_Assay_Office_Birmingham Day School Leaflet.indd Booking is now open for the third Assay Office Birmingham and University of Birmingham Jewellery Quarter Day School, which will take place at The University of Birmingham on Saturday, 21st June. The theme of this year’s event is Art, Craft and Production in The Jewellery Quarter and it is aimed at anyone with an interest in the area. Sally Hoban, Heritage & Training Officer, will provide an update from Assay Office Birmingham; Martin Ellis from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will talk about jewellery, metalwork and other decorative arts objects from the Museum’s collections; Larry Hanks from the Pen Room Museum will speak about pen design and production and the late Brian J....     More >

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ANTIQUES FOR EVERYONE A HUGE SUCCESS!

A4E1 Assay Office Birmingham had a fantastic four days at Clarion Events Antiques for Everyone Fair at the NEC in Birmingham last week between Thursday April 10th and Sunday April 13th. The fairs are held three times a year and are Britain’s largest vettest antiques fairs. During the show Penny Parkes, Craig O’Donnell, Sally Hoban, Marion Wilson and Kelly Fisher were on hand to welcome visitors to our stand and to speak to new and existing customers about our range of products and services which are available to professional traders and canny collectors. We also met some antiques celebrities who were delighted to hear about our new Help with Hallmarks App! Many visitors to our stand cam....     More >

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EUROPEAN NICKEL RELEASE STANDARD EN 1811:2011 UNDER REVIEW

Nickel items   Representatives from Assay Office Birmingham have been working with other members of the trade to resolve the inevitable difficulties created by the amendment to the prescribed nickel release method EN1811:2011. The changes in March 2013, effectively lowered the permitted release level significantly and created an unsatisfactory “no decision” category where articles could not be declared compliant or non compliant. Extensive international lobbying, began at the CIBJO Congress in May 2013, and Germany and Switzerland have joined the UK in pushing for change.  The CEN Working Group, responsible for the Nickel Release standard reconvenes in Berlin on 10th April. Ian Bayley....     More >

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Easter Trading Times

easter-header HAPPY EASTER FROM EVERYONE AT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM Please note Assay Office Birmingham will be CLOSED for business on Good Friday, 18th April and Easter Monday, 21st April All other opening hours remain as usual. We are keen to provide you with the services you need.  If these Bank Holiday closures will cause you any problems please contact The Office and we will do our best to help. Call us on 0871 871 6020 Email: gem@theassayoffice.co.uk ....     More >

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MICHAELS FINAL BASH – THE JAM HOUSE

Michael anu Marie - Copy Staff at Assay office Birmingham joined Michael at The Jam House on Friday evening to say a final farewell and enjoy a few drinks on his very last day as Chief Executive and Assay master.  Stella Layton, Assay Office Birmingham’s new CE & Assay Master made a lovely speech on behalf of all Michael’s colleagues to which we all raised a glass.   Thank you to all the staff that were able to join us that evening in wishing Michael well for his retirement. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening!    ....     More >

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UPDATE ON A4E….. STAND B18 – OUR FAMOUS NEIGHBOUR

Young Guns Logo The Assay Office Birmingham Stand is almost finished.  We will definitely be ready to meet the visitors once the doors to Antiques for Everyone opens on Thursday 10th April at 11.00am, at the NEC, Birmingham. Our stand is right opposite Mark Hill - who is selling stunning glass pieces.  Stop by and say hello to us on Stand B18.  Why not enter our competition to win a bottle of Champagne, or book a visit to the Assay Office. Things will look a lot different come Thursday morning.......  ....     More >

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CHROMIUM VI ADDED TO REACH FROM 1ST MAY 2015

Cr The next significant addition to the REACH regulation which will affect jewellery and accessory suppliers is that of Chromium VI, which comes into effect in early 2015. Chromium VI is not naturally found in leather but is a harmful by-product which can be created during the leather tanning process. It is a carcinogen which can poison both humans and the environment and its use in leather is already banned in some countries. From 1st May 2015 Chromium VI will be included under REACH, with a 3ppm limit. Testing to such low levels clearly requires sensitive equipment; The Laboratory is prepared for this and is already UKAS accredited for the necessary tests. For more information....     More >

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THE ANCHOR SPRING 2014 – NOW AVAILABLE

anchorspring2014frontcover NEW ANCHOR SPRING issue 2014 THE ANCHOR SPRING ISSUE FROM ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM IS NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD CLICK THE LINK BELOW   http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/anchor.html We hope you enjoy the read.     Assay Office Birmingham....     More >

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OFF TO ANTIQUES FOR EVERYONE

logo_2014 Nearly ready to go over to the NEC, Birmingham to exhibit at Antiques For Everyone from Thursday 10th - Sunday 13th April.  The van is packed - hope we haven't forgotten anything!! We are promoting some new services at the show. Come and see us on Stand B18 to find out more... ....     More >

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NEW ANTIQUES ROADSHOW MAGAZINE AND HALLMARK APP

Antiques-Roadshow-Front-Cover The BBC have launched their NEW ANTIQUES ROADSHOW magazine today - and you can find the innovative Help With Hallmarks APP from Assay Office Birmingham alongside wonderful articles about the Roadshow story as well as features on antiques glass, stunning home layouts using antique objects, bridal gowns through the ages and much, more. Grab a copy today from your newsagent. The Help with Hallmarks APP will be invaluable to anyone interested in hallmarked silverware and jewellery. You can also visit  bbcantiquesroadshowmagazine.com Don't forget to come along and see Assay Office Birmingham next week at Antiques for Everyone, NEC Birmingham 10-13th April.  We are on Stand B18. ....     More >

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MICHAEL ALLCHIN’S FINAL DAY AS ASSAY MASTER

MichaelAllchin Sadly, today is Michael Allchin's last day as CE and Assay Master of Assay Office Birmingham.   After an amazing 15 years Michael is preparing to hand over the reigns to our new Chief Executive and Assay Master, Stella Layton.   The final week leading to Michael's Retirement has been emotional but filled with lots of cake, gifts and kind words from friends and colleagues. The caricature picture below was one of the final gifts presented to Michael yesterday by the Executive Team at Assay Office Birmingham. There have been several parties recently to celebrate Michaels Retirement the last of which is a staff party at The Jam House this evening where we will all be sa....     More >

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STAFF BASH FOR MICHAELS RETIREMENT

Michael & His Cake - Copy At lunchtime today staff at Assay Office Birmingham put on a farewell bash ahead of Michael Allchins Retirement later this week. This is the first of two parties this week!   The Staff and Social Commitee presented Michael with a few farewell gifts, including a Sterling Silver Pen and NEW digital camera to capture all the wonderful places he may visit during his retirement. The Assay Office choir also did a short verse at the end of which a beautiful cake was wheeled in! The cake included a model of Michael in his sportive gear accompanied by his wonderful dog Buzz.   After the gifts and speeches concluded the buffet began!   Michael and our expert p....     More >

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