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VIP Jewellery Valuation Event

VIP Advert  - Smaller (ft image) Yesterday, a VIP Jewellery, Watch & Silverware Valuation Day took place here at Assay Office Birmingham. The new VIP valuation service was very well received and there was a great turnout for the Event Day. Carried out by highly qualified and experienced professionals, a Valuation In Person can be pre-booked and paid for via our dedicated website and will include a face to face appointment with the valuer on a specific valuation event day. Craig O'Donnell VIP Valuer said:  “With the price of precious metals still remaining relatively high in comparison to where it was ten years ago, and fashion and rarity pushing the price of some vintage brands up rapidly, it is well worth ....     More >

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LEATHERWEAR TESTING PACKAGES NOW AVAILABLE AT THE ANALYTICAL LABORATORY

Leather strap feat img jpeg The Analytical Laboratory is pleased to announce that new bespoke leather testing packages are now available from our on site fully equipped state of the art laboratory here in Birmingham. Three levels of Leatherwear testing packages are available to ensure your individual requirements are met – whether you are looking to ensure ‘Full Compliance’ or ‘Risk only’ – we are here to help and can offer advice and consultancy whatever your query may be. We have no membership fee to use our UKAS accredited Laboratory and as well as the packages highlighted below, we also offer a full range of tests on leather and textiles – both physical and chemical testing. Packages Availa....     More >

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FLASH BACK FRIDAY – WITH ONE DIRECTION

5 - ft image Its Flash Back Friday - Back in October 2011 One Direction and James Corden crashed AnchorCert Gem Labs Party!     AnchorCert celebrated its 10th Anniversay in 2011 at Harvey Nichols in The Mailbox  Mall Birmingham. Many AnchorCert customers and trade acquaintancies came to the party and found themselves as stunned as we were when James Corden and the 1D boys were passing by! Check out the You Tube link below to see the boys enjoying our entertainment, the Sansaar Dance Group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5s0Zm7Owwg&list=UUyGwl4SCNhiGBYRkmW960ww Do you have any good time memories from the past that you would like to share with us? Can you top our celebratory....     More >

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VIP – JEWELLERY VALUATION WEBSITE

VIP RING LOGOlow - Ft Image     A new valuation service for jewellery watches and silverware is providing a versatile yet straightforward high quality offer for valuations direct to the consumer.  Its successful launch earlier in the year has certainly proved a hit with customers. Carried out by highly qualified and experienced professionals, VIP Valuations are available as three different options. Valuations In the Post, can be booked and paid for via a dedicated website prior to sending in by secure carrier for valuation. Valuations In Person provide a pre-booked and paid for face to face appointment with the valuer on a dedicated Valuation Event Day. Valuations In Private can be arranged so....     More >

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JAZZ IN THE SQUARE

bandstand5 Birmingham is basking in a heatwave and the population of the Jewellery Quarter including many Assay Office Birmingham staff are enjoying the free lunchtime musical entertainment supported by the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust In preparation for the 30th Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival, a special bandstand has been erected in St Paul’s Square.  Talented musicians from all over the world are be stepping up to the platform to preform electrifying jazz music in all different styles ranging from ragtime to dixieland. Gifted bands and musicians will be preforming at noon for five days this week in St Paul’s Square (21st – 25th July), as well as a special ev....     More >

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LOOM BANDS – FUN FASHION OR A DANGER TO HEALTH?

New Picture The latest craze for loom bands has highlighted once again that an apparently harmless product may have long term detrimental effects to health.   Do you believe your products to be product safety compliant?  You may be surprised. Out of all items submitted to the Analytical Laboratory for Phthalate testing this year so far, we have found an 18% failure rate. This is a significantly high figure considering that typically our clients believe these products are compliant and are submitting samples to the Analytical laboratory, for checking purposes and Due Diligence type testing. The latest loom bands craze in particular is throwing up some alarming results considering these prod....     More >

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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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