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WE’RE HIRING! HERITAGE OPPORTUNITY

3d-Anchor1 Oral Historian Fixed-term contract for 60 days over a three-month period. Project overview Assay Office Birmingham is entering an exciting new stage in its 240 year history. As we prepare to move into our new premises in 2015, we are seeking to capture and curate oral testimony from past and present staff and other appropriate stakeholders, preserve this important aspect of our history and create a unique historical and educational resource to share with our current staff, customers and visitors as well as stakeholders outside the organisation. Our aim is to create an oral history record to cover the history of the existing building, changes in Hallmarking, and changes in the busin....     More >

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DOWNLOAD THE ANCHORCERT GEMSTONE WEIGHT ESTIMATOR APP TODAY

AnchorCert Gemstone Weight Estimator App (Feature Image) Estimating the carat weight of gemstones which are already mounted is something which experienced jewellers, pawnbrokers and valuers need to do everyday. Over the past few decades, the equipment to assist them has grown increasingly sophisticated, but now AnchorCert Gem Lab has propelled the process into the 21st century with it's Gemstone Carat Weight Estimator App for smart phones. In a couple of clicks, the AnchorCert Gemstone Weight Estimator can easily calculate the estimated carat weight of diamonds and gemstones from their measurements. The calculation will use the measurement of the length, width and depth of the gemstone (and the minimum and maximum diameter of round brilliant....     More >

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BOOK A VIP HOME JEWELLERY VALUATION VISIT TODAY

SafeGuard Jewellery Valuations at Home (Feature Image) Your most treasured possessions valued by a leading expert in the privacy of your own home. VIP Valuations is the UK’s leading independent jewellery valuation service, with over 20 years experience and expertise in the field. We are now offering you a unique opportunity to have one of our valuation experts visit you in your own home to provide valuations of jewellery and other precious items you possess. Following the visit, you will receive a complete Valuation for Insurance document, containing the description, the photograph and the value of each item. All this information is then transferred to the secure VIP Valuations database. Should any of your possessions be lost or sto....     More >

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SEND US YOUR HALLMARKING NOW – READY FOR CHRISTMAS

Christmas Presents (Feature Image) We are currently 55 days away from Christmas and as you know this is the time of year when we all go out buying presents for our loved ones. You may have items of jewellery which you would like to be hallmarked and perhaps laser engraved as an extra special gift.  If so, send us your hallmarking today so that you are ready for the Christmas rush In order to do this, please follow these three simple steps: 1.     Sponsor’s Mark - You will need to register a unique Sponsor's Mark with us. To do this, please follow the link below to download the Registration of Sponsor's Mark form. Please complete the form and return it to us. We will use this form to order your Sponsor ....     More >

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WE LOVE YOUR ANCHOR SHIRT RUTH!

3d-Anchor1 Ruth Faulkner, Editor at Retail Jeweller definitely has taste in clothing, as we can see from her lovely Anchor shirt design! DRESS TO IMPRESS No doubt about it, Ruth has a great sense of style!....     More >

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RETAIL JEWELLER TEAM VISIT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

3d-Anchor1 It was a great pleasure to meet staff from one of the UK’s leading jewellery magazines, Retail Jeweller, here at Assay Office Birmingham. Ruth Faulkner (Editor) and Emily Mills (Account Manager) were both given a guided tour around each division of the organisation, all housed in our magnificent historic building. They first visited the Hallmarking floor, where members of staff explained the assaying (testing) and hallmarking processes. They even managed to have a go at punching marks themselves! Their next stop was a visit to the SafeGuard Jewellery, Watch and Silverware Valuation Division, where they were given an overview into how SafeGuard carr....     More >

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ANCHORCERT GEM LAB LOOKS AHEAD TO THE GEM-A CONFERENCE 2014

London Business Design Centre (Feature Image) AnchorCert Gem Lab is proud to sponsor this year's Gem-A Conference, which is taking place at the London Business Design Centre from Saturday 1st November to Tuesday 4th November. The conference will be attended by Stella Layton (Chief Executive & Assay Master) Marion Wilson (Sales and Marketing Director), Anu Manchanda (Senior Gemmologist and Diamond Grader), Cheryl Owen (Gemmologist) and Craig O'Donnell (Valuer and Curator). In previous year's, the Gem-A Conference has proved to be an interesting and enjoyable experience for staff from the AnchorCert Gem Lab and Assay Office Birmingham. Welcoming a host of speakers from across the globe, the Gem-A Conference has a reputatio....     More >

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JEWELLERY AND WATCH VALUATION EVENTS IN LONDON

VIP RING LOGOlow - Ft Image BOOK AN APPOINTMENT AND PAY ONLINE www.vipvaluations.co.uk WEDNESDAY 19th NOVEMBER WEDNESDAY 26th NOVEMBER www.vipvaluations.co.uk  T: 01871 423 7922....     More >

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DON’T LET YOUR HALLOWEEN GO UP IN FLAMES

Boo Halloween (Feature Image) FANCY DRESS COSTUME PRODUCT WITHDRAWALS HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO TEST FOR ALL LEGISLATION We are well aware of the dangers surrounding lanterns and candles that are synonymous with Halloween, but are we as aware of the fire hazards associated with Halloween dress up costumes? We could be putting our children at serious fire risk. Long floaty/swingy styled princess dresses and boy superhero flowing capes can easily brush by a naked flame and potentially catch fire. It is a legal requirement for most retailers to ensure Toys and Dress up Costumes are tested to EN71 part 2, Flammability. This is called up within the Toy Directive 2009/48/EC. Here at The Analytical Laboratory, we can carry ou....     More >

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NEW ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM BUILDING PROGRESSING WELL

Assay Office Birmingham New Building (Feature Image) Almost 2 months have passed since we last informed you about how the construction of the new Assay Office Birmingham building was progressing.  So here is our latest update showing you how the building work is coming along. The new site of Assay Office Birmingham is located within the St George’s development, fronting Icknield Street. As you can see, the brickwork is starting to take shape.  Keep up the good work bricklayers! The new building will offer better facilities and personal security to staff and customers and will also enable wider public access to the resources, which Assay Office Birmingham has to offer in terms of its private Library and Silver Collection. ....     More >

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ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM LOOKS FORWARD TO WELCOMING RETAIL JEWELLER TOMORROW

Retail Jeweller Logo (Feature Image) Retail Jeweller Editor, Ruth Faulkner and Emily Mills are visiting Assay Office Birmingham on Tuesday and will be given a guided tour of all the operating divisions:  Hallmarking, AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory, SafeGuard Jewellery Valuations and the Analytical Laboratory. We are very much looking forward to giving them an introduction into our daily business life. ....     More >

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LAST CHANCE THIS YEAR TO IMPROVE YOUR JEWELLERY KNOWLEDGE BEFORE THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

Christmas time is fast approaching and 2015 is almost upon us, but before you think about what gifts you are going to buy for your loved one's, why not take up a one day training course at Assay Office Birmingham?! As you may know, the jewellery industry has a wide variety of different areas, and when it comes to selling to customers, it can't be easy to remember every single little detail, so to help improve your knowledge and confidence with this, we have a range of one day courses on offer, which will help to ensure that your customers get the best possible information they need. To see the list of courses we have running for the remainder of the year and the prices for each one, pl....     More >

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THE PLATINUM STORY

platinumsymbol2 Assay Office Birmingham - not just here for you for Christmas - Send us your hallmarking all year round -   While gold is making a comeback, the most precious of the white metals, platinum, is still a firm bridal favourite, with hallmarking volumes holding steady, as Marion Wilson, sales and marketing director, Assay Office Birmingham(BAO) explains here: Platinum is still a newcomer to the centuries old UK hallmarking system, having required an independent hallmark only since 1975. The new metal option made a very slow entry into the market, taking until 1985 to exceed just 20 hallmarked units per year and remaining at between 8,000 to 10,000 for another decade until 19....     More >

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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OPALS, THE OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE?

opal ring It can be found throughout the world but most commonly in Australia and most opals are of very little value. But the best opals can command prices per carat that rival the most expensive diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Quality factors of Opal Individual opals can vary widely in appearance and quality. There are three main aspects of an opal’s quality: • Colour - Background colour and play-of-colour An opal might display a single colour, two or three colours, or all the colours of the rainbow. Black background, bright play-of-colour as well as a wide colour range is prized characteristics by opal lovers. Red is considered the best prominent colour. • Pattern - Arrangement ....     More >

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JEWELLERY RECALLED FROM END USERS IN THE UK

New Picture (6) RAPEX, the EU Rapid alert system for dangerous non-food consumer products, has recently revealed that a style of hairclip imported from overseas has been recalled from end users in the UK. This particular hairclip was recalled due to the fact it contained excessive amounts of Cadmium. (40.3% by weight), well over the limit set by the REACH regulations of 0.01%. Cadmium Cadmium has long been recognised as a toxin and a known carcinogen, harmful when it is ingested or inhaled.  As a result of its harmful qualities, The EU extended the restrictions on Cadmium in the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Directive in December 2011.  ....     More >

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