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What’s in a hallmark

What is in a hallmark and why do I get them?

According to the London Assay Office website a hallmark "is a set of component marks applied to articles of the precious metals gold, silver, platinum or palladium." This means that the metal has been independently tested and verified as being a precious metal and conforms to legal standards of purity.


A full traditional hallmark comprises of the following , from left to right


SLH is my makers mark. In this case my initials

The lion is the mark for sterling silver as is 925. This means 97.5% silver and 7.5% other metal usually copper.

The panther is the mark of the London Assay Office

Y is the year mark for 2023

The final mark is a special commemorative mark for celebrating the year of the coronation for King Charles


Legally any piece of sterling silver jewellery over 7.78g should be hallmarked otherwise it can not be sold as white metal.


Not all of my work gets hallmarked but my larger pieces and statement pieces do. This helps you to know that you are buying good quality jewellery from Hare and Moon Jewellery

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