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CHARITY PREVIEW OF THE HISTORIC PARK AT HAGLEY

Hagley feat img A rare opportunity to explore The Historic Park at Hagley Sunday 14th September 2014 St Basil's (a charity who work with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness) are inviting all supporters to take advantage of a rare opportunity to walk around the Park at Hagley ahead of its official opening in 2015 and to see the scale of restoration work that has taken place in this important Park, which is home to the Lyttelton family. The Park at Hagley is an English Heritage Grade-1 registered Park, an award which deems it to be of exceptional national interest. 100% of the money raised in ticket sales from the day will go towards helping homeless young people in....     More >

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FIRST VIP VALUATION DAY IN HATTON GARDEN

Yesterday, 15th July was the very first VIP Valuation Event in Hatton Garden, London.   The VIP Event was held at Cookson's Precious Metals Trade Counter. Customer's for the valuation event were welcomed by Marketing Co-ordinator Kelly Fisher. VIP valuer Tim Bratton saw many stunning engagement rings and other pieces of sparkling diamond jewellery. For your personal appointment with one of our valuers please visit www.vipvaluations.co.uk to book for one of our other VIP events. Altenatively you use our very easy postal service. Visit the website to find out how. WWW.VIPVALUATIONS.CO.UK    ....     More >

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SAY HELLO TO SUMMER AND TOP UP YOUR TRAINING

TRAININGmast_head 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 * Understanding Coloured Gemstones * Understanding Antique Jewellery * Introduction to Touch Acid Testing   New for 2014 ** Understanding Jewellery Valuations** -....     More >

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WINNER ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 TOUCHSTONE AWARD

BHClow1 PRESS INFORMATION July 2014 SOUTHWARK WIN THE TOUCHSTONE AWARD 2014 The Touchstone Team L to R Dave Merry, Robert Organ, Assay Office London, David Sanders BHC Robert Grice, Christopher Jewitt, BHC, Justin Miller, Southwark, Marion Wilson Assay Office Birmingham   The British Hallmarking Council and the four Assay Offices of the UK are delighted to announce The London Borough of Southwark as the winners of the Touchstone Award 2014. This is the third annual presentation of this prestigious award. The Touchstone Award recognises innovative initiative undertaken in relation to hallmarking legislation and this year’s applications demonstrated a wide range of different appr....     More >

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SUPPORT FOR GARY WROE – 5.25 MILE OPEN WATER CHARITY SWIM

Gary Wroe MD  - Copy  Gary Wroe, Managing Director of Birmingham based Hockley Mint and Chairman of the British Jewellers’ Association, will be making a splash later this year when he undertakes a 5.25 mile open water swim in aid of charity. On 6th September 2014 Gary will be taking up the challenge of swimming in Lake Coniston to raise money two charities,Edward's Trust and the British Jewellery, Giftware and Finishing Federation Benevolent Society.  Edwards Trust offers a wide range of support services to bereaved families and children. They also offer training and support services for school staff, parents or others working with bereaved children and their families. Gary's second charity, the....     More >

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UPDATED CONTACT DETAILS FOR ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

P In order to improve our service to customers, we would like to remind you that all key customer contacts at Assay Office Birmingham have direct dial phone numbers. A list of these contacts are included below to help you reach the person you need as quickly as possible. These numbers are also included in the relevant e mail signatures. We have improved the routing of calls to these numbers in an effort to give you a reply more quickly and hope that this information will enable us to give you a more efficient service. Our main switchboard number is 0121 236 6951  and its opening hours are 8:30am until 4:00pm Monday to Friday. HALLMARKING 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to F....     More >

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FAIRTRADE FOUNDATION VISITS ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

IMG_0020 Assay Office Birmingham was pleased to welcome Reena Agarwal from the Fairtrade Foundation today.       As a key player in the establishment of a Fairtrade mark for gold, silver and platinum in 2011, the Assay Office welcomed Reena’s visit to catch up on recent developments.       Marie Brennan, Business Development Manager, is pictured here with Reena reviewing the Assay Office’s audit trail of licensees and traders of Fairtrade precious metals.....     More >

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UK Watch and Jewellery Awards 2014 – CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!

UK Jewelelry Award Logo Yesterday evening the leading names in the UK retail watch and jewellery industry gathered at the London Hilton on Park Lane to see who would take home this year's Retail Jeweller UK Watch and Jewellery Awards. Assay Office Birmingham would just like to say a big congratulations to two very deserving winners Simon Rainer and Fei Liu. Fei Liu Fine Jewellery was awarded Bridal Collection of the Year for their Cutting Edge Collection. And Simon Rainer,  Chief Executive Officer of the British Jewellers' Association was the winner of the top award, Outstanding Contribution to the Industry . Many Congratulations to you both!....     More >

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RAPAPORT – Sellers are Responsible for Diamond Authentication

Ft image size Rapaport Certification Conference Tackles Synthetics By Rapaport News RAPAPORT... The annual Rapaport Certification Conference that took place at the JCK Las Vegas show highlighted that jewelers are responsible for the authenticity of the diamonds they’re selling. “Jewelers have the first line of responsibility for the product they sell,” explained Cecelia Gardner, the president and CEO of the Jeweler’s Vigilance Committee (JVC). “Everyone in the pipeline has a responsibility to the purchaser for their product, and they cannot pass along that responsibility just because they’re relying on a third party [grading report] presentation.” Saville Stern, the chief operating o....     More >

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CONGRATULATIONS TO HAZEL ROSE – WINNER OF ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM PRIZE

Hazel Rose & Marion Wilson Featured Image Hazel Rose, wins Assay Office Birmingham prize for best commercial design at the School of Jewellery Design for Industry  Event.  She has also just gained a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Hazel is a young enthusiastic and talented jeweller who has had a passion for designing and making as long as she can remember using any materials to hand even found objects. She is now about to further her career and face the challenges of starting her own business. Originally taking inspiration from the fluid organic forms in nature and then the contrasting rectilinear shapes of the urban environment, she then moved on to her most recent designs which reflects her Scottish upbringin....     More >

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GOING TO THE TRADING STANDARDS CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK?

New Picture (9)   Harrogate International Centre 30 June - 3 July 2014 Come and see Assay Office Birmingham at the Trading Standards Institute Conference, on STAND G6 at the Harrogate International Centre. Trading Standards is celebrating 120 years of service and Assay Office Birmingham will be attending to showcase ALL the expert services it provides to Trading Standards Officers.     ....     More >

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GENERAL PUBLIC SILVER VISITS – LAST EVENT OF A BUSY WEEK

Silver Collection and Library Feature Image Earlier this week we informed you all about our busy week of events including 3 training courses, a jewellery valuation event and today we held two FULLY BOOKED Silver Visits for members of the public.  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!   If you would like to attend one of our next Silver Visits  please call 0121 262 1024 or e-mail silver@theassayoffice.co.uk. A charge of £15.00 per head is payable in advance and non-refundable.  The next general public silver visits are Thursday 21 August, Thursday 23 October and Thur....     More >

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SIGN UP TODAY FOR INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY LONDON

IJL-logo-2014 ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM AT IJL 2014 – OLYMPIA STAND B60 31AUG – 2 SEPT 2014 Visit Assay Office Birmingham at IJL 2014 - STAND B60 -  in its NEW location, Olympia London. IJL is celebrating 58 years of jewellery inspiration and Assay Office Birmingham will be there promoting ALL the expert, independent services it provides to the jewellery trade.   HALLMARKING, BRANDING AND PERSONALISATION – USING THE LATEST LASER TECHNOLOGY The growing demand for the application by laser technology of hallmarks, corporate logos, personalised messages and sequential numbers requires skill and expertise, all of which is in plentiful supply in the laser marking department. The combined....     More >

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HALLMARK SALON EXHIBITION AT SOMERSET HOUSE

hallmark-logo Hallmark Salon exhibition opened at Somerset House yesterday for a five day run. Assay Office Birmingham was pleased to attend a buzzing  Private View and meet with some of the very talented jewellers and silversmiths showing there. Products range from luxurious classics, beautiful statement jewellery pieces to contemporary silver with some funky designs in between. Prices are from £60 to £16,000. Some of the enamelled pieces on show are  absolute works of art and it was great to be able to talk to the craftsmen themselves to really appreciate the level of meticulous patient work that had gone into  creating them. The range of skill and creativity on display was impressive and the ex....     More >

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UNDERSTANDING DIAMONDS WITH STROUD AUCTIONEERS

IMG_4847 Today we welcomed two delegates from Stroud Auctioneers, Gloucestershire onto our Understanding Diamonds Course. Nick and Alexandra Bowkett joined us at Assay Office Birmingham to take part in this practical course with tutor Marie Chalmers and are also joining us again next month to learn all about Coloured Stones. If you would like to increase your knowledge of Diamonds and Gemstones get in touch with Assay Office Birmingham today to find out more about our Education & Training Courses. T: 0121 262 1024   E: gem@theassayoffice.co.uk  W: www.assayoffice.co.uk  ....     More >

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