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AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE PRESENTED WITH CHRISTMAS DONATION CHEQUE

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Logo (Feature Image) This year, Assay Office Birmingham has chosen to send Christmas cards via e-mail, in line with our commitment to be more environmentally friendly. The money previously spent on designing, printing and posting traditional Christmas cards has instead been donated to our chosen charity for this year which is The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is a life saving organisation with an incredible team of hard working people behind it, who have a passion for saving lives and a dedication to keeping families together.  It covers six Midlands counties, mainly delivering severely ill or injured patients to three major regional trauma centre, the Queen Elizabeth,....     More >

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COMPETITION TIME! YOUR CHANCE TO WIN…..

df ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM IS OFFERING YOU THE CHANCE TO WIN A LOVELY SET OF ENAMEL CUFFLINKS MADE IN BIRMINGHAM BY DEAKIN & FRANCIS  In order to win this great prize, all you need to do is tell us the answer to the following question…….. As part of a Hallmark - What is the Town Mark for Birmingham ? A. An Anchor B. A Castle C. A Leopard's Head WHAT CAN YOU WIN? One lucky winner will receive a pair of Sterling Silver Vitreous Enamel Cufflinks, made in Birmingham by Deakin & Francis.  These are a really stylish way to start the new year. The prize has been very kindly supplied to us by Deakin & Francis. HOW TO ENTER To enter this competition, please send in ....     More >

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR 2015 TRAINING COURSES

L Assay Office Birmingham would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the training course schedule for 2015. Training Courses delivered by experts from Assay Office Birmingham have proved extremely popular during 2014 and we have received excellent feedback on the new Understanding Antique Jewellery and Understanding Jewellery Valuations courses. Our schedule for 2015, as detailed below, is now open for bookings. Early booking is strongly recommended as there will be no courses after May 2015 until we have completed the historic move to our new building, which is scheduled for completion in July 2015. All courses include a brief tour of the hallmarking floor, so this repre....     More >

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STAFF GO WILD FOR CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY!

download Assay Office Birmingham's Christmas jumper day was well supported as staff turned out for work in all their lovely colours to contribute to year's Save the Children campaign. Organised by Jenny Ratcliffe, the Christmas jumper day presented a great opportunity for staff to get into the festive spirit, as we're now 12 days away from the big day! Let's have a competition! Which department do you think dressed the best?! Preparation? Hallmarking? Accounts? Or The Laboratory?! Let us know what you think!!! Many Thanks to all members of staff who took part, your investment will definitely go to a good cause!  And a very special Thank You to JENNY - Nice One!! ....     More >

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SEND ANCHORCERT YOUR WHITE DIAMONDS AND TANZANITES NOW AND GET BACK IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

Assay Office Birmingham Christmas Image (Feature Image) There’s still time to send AnchorCert Gem Lab your White Diamonds or Tanzanites for certification and have them back before Christmas. Enhance your precious stones with an independent AnchorCert Report which adds re-assurance and confidence to every special gift. If you have any White Diamonds or Tanzanites to send to us for testing, use our Express Service for a quick, guaranteed, turnaround time before Christmas. White Diamonds received before Tuesday 16th December will be completed and dispatched by Monday 22nd December. White Diamonds and Tanzanites received by us after Friday 12th December can still be processed but will need to go via the Express Service. The usual....     More >

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BEAT THE CHRISTMAS TESTING DEADLINE!

Nickel graphic      DANGEROUS JEWELLERY REMOVED FROM EU MARKET PLACE RAPEX, the EU Rapid alert system for dangerous non-food consumer products, has recently revealed a number of jewellery items that were withdrawn from the EU marketplace as they did not comply with the Reach Regulations concerning Nickel Release. Items withdrawn over the last week include earrings and navel piercings, these items released Nickel at a rate far exceeding the legally allowed limit. The Analytical Laboratory offers a unique UKAS Accredited Quick Nickel Release test (2011) and UKAS accredited Full Nickel Release test (EN 1811:2011) to check if items comply with the Nickel regulations. EN 16128:2011 is also offered fo....     More >

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SUCCESSFUL BRITISH JEWELLERY & GIFTWARE FEDERATION BENEVOLENT SOCIETY BALL 2014

BJA Logo (Feature Image) The 4th December saw the 79th British Jewellery & Giftware Federation Benevolent Society Ball take place at The St Johns Hotel, Solihull. Incorporated within this longstanding Annual Event were the BJA Member Awards which are designed to flag up all that is most excellent about the UK’s extremely diverse jewellery industry: its bright new talent, its design skills and creativity and its capacity to truly serve its customers whether they are other businesses, on-line jewellery buyers or the consumer in the High Street. The Benevolent Society Ball attracts guests from the Jewellery Trade and Giftware Associations and other Member Organisations of the British Allied Trades Federatio....     More >

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BOOK ONTO FINAL JEWELLERY VALUATION DAY OF 2014 TODAY!

VIP Jewellery Valuation Day Logo (Feature Image) Would you like to find out 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? If the answer is YES, then you have a fantastic opportunity to book an appointment with one of our specialist jewellery, watch and silverware valuers today! The final Jewellery Valuation Event Day for 2014 takes place on Tuesday 16th December. As we are getting ever closer to the Christmas holiday's, this month's FINAL Jewellery Valuation Day of 2014 provides you with a rare chance to have your Jewellery, Watches and Silverware v....     More >

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6 MONTHS TO GO! CHROMIUM VI IN LEATHER PRODUCTS – CHANGING LEGISLATION

chromium feat img   From MAY 1ST 2015 Chromium will be regulated throughout the EU by the REACH Regulation and all sectors of the supply chain should be aware of the new legislation. The amendment of REACH Annex XVII of (EC) No 1907/2006 regarding Chromium VI compounds in leather articles and articles containing leather parts will restrict Chromium VI content to a very low 3 mg/kg (0.0003%). This is in line with legislation currently in place in European nations such as Germany. The Analytical Laboratory is UKAS accredited to carry out Chromium VI testing in our on site fully equipped state of the art laboratory here in Birmingham. The turnaround time for this service is just 4 working days. Chromiu....     More >

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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TURQUOISE, ONE OF THE DECEMBER BIRTHSTONES?

turquoise collar - feat image Turquoise is derived from the French expression Pierre Turque, meaning Turkish Stone.   However, turquoise doesn’t come from Turkey.  While much turquoise was traded in Turkey, the items bought and sold probably originated in Iran or the Sinai Peninsula.  Turquoise has been found buried in Ancient Egyptian tombs, giving it the distinction of being one of the longest-loved gems in history. Where is Turquoise found? Turquoise is found in only a few places on earth. It forms best in dry and barren regions where acidic, copper-rich groundwater seeps downward and reacts with minerals that contain phosphorus and aluminium. Most of the world's turquoise rough is currently produced in ....     More >

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GENERAL PUBLIC PRAISE ASSAY OFFICE SILVER VISITS

Craig O'Donnell Silver Visit (Feature Image) Assay Office Birmingham were pleased to welcome so many visitors on its final general public Silver Visit of 2014. The talk and guided silver collection tour was given by Craig O'Donnell, Curator and Valuer at Assay Office Birmingham. Guests were given a talk about the heritage and history of the Assay Office and it how it was originally founded by Matthew Boutlon. They were then taken up through the historic Grade 2 Listed section of the building to view the Silver Collection. Thank you to everyone who joined us and for purchasing locally crafted Silver items from the Gift Shop. If you missed the chance to reserve a place on the Silver Visits, don't panic as we have 2 FI....     More >

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LAPADA CHIEF EXECUTIVE VISITS ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

LAPADA Visit (Feature Image) It was great to meet the Chief Executive of LAPADA Rebecca Davies and Max Steigler, Membership Officer today at Assay Office Birmingham. ....     More >

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DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT THIS CHRISTMAS

Jewellery in Box (Feature Image) SHOPPERS: Thinking of buying a Fine Jewellery gift this Christmas for a loved one? Then always look for the Hallmarks! They are your guarantee of the amount of precious metals in an item. If there are no hallmarks or less than 3 marks on an item, then it may not contain the correct amount of Gold, Silver, Platinum or Palladium. Retailers Remember: It is a criminal offence to offer for sale Gold, Silver, Platinum or Palladium that is NOT hallmarked* *Exemption weights apply For more information on how to understand current hallmark guidelines, then please visit the Assay Office Birmingham website at www.theassyoffice.co.uk. ....     More >

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WIN UP TO 10 DEALER’S NOTICES FOR YOUR STORE

L Here is your chance to win up to 10 FREE DEALER'S NOTICES, which can be displayed in your stores. One of the requirements of the Hallmarking Act 1973 is that all dealers supplying precious metal jewellery shall display a notice explaining the approved hallmarks. This must be the notice produced by the British Hallmarking Council, as shown above. To be in with a chance of winning, please answer the following question: In what year did the latest Dealer's Notices incorporated with Palladium become compulsory? HINT: To find out the answer to this question, please visit the Dealers Notices section of the Assay Office Birmingham website http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/dealers_notices....     More >

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WINNER OF FREE HALLMARKING COURSE COMPETITION ANNOUNCED!

Winner (Feature Image) Congratulations to Samantha Bright of Deakin & Francis, who is the lucky winner of a free place on next February's Understanding Hallmarking training course! Samantha, who guessed all 3 questions correctly said; ‘Having previously been on the Understanding Coloured Gemstones course, I was delighted to win a place on the Understanding Hallmarking course at Assay Office Birmingham in February. The gemstones course was really interesting and I came away with some really useful skills and knowledge. I’m really looking forward to another enjoyable day and learning more about hallmarking.’ The answers to the questions were as follows; 1) In what year was Assay Office Bi....     More >

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