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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Thanet Times "Fools Gold" article

The Thanet Times (17/05/09) really went to town this week regarding the problems Hiltons Jewellers have landed themselves in with the trading standards. I know Hiltons have admitted to the charges to mislabelling etc., but being someone who likes to look into the detail of things, I was more than interested in the charges and references to the unhallmarked gold. Using google I looked on the British Hallmarking Council website and the Assay Office website and found something which does add to some truth to what Richard Hilton said regarding Hallmarks.
It appears that under the Hallmarking Act 1973 and the 1998 amendments, any Gold item over the weight of 1 gramme, Silver items over 7.78 grammes and Platinum over 0.5 gramme must by law have an official hallmark. The hallmark may be either a British Hallmarking council mark or a official foreign Hallmark by a country signed up to the International Hallmark Convention.
However, as Mr Hilton points out, in this country we are awash with items for sale above these weights stamped just .925 for silver or just stamped 9ct which are not hallmarks. The punches to do this can even be bought from abroad over the Internet. I have seen both locally and nationaly items that are for sale that do not comply with the law.
I do wonder in the near future are we to expect trading standards to be busy enforcing the law or are such laws only applicable to Mr Hilton.


Bertie Biggles said...

Whilst what you say about the nightmare of 'hall marks' is valid Tony, you do need to mention some of the other offences! e.g:

1. Falsely labelled Tiffany necklace?
2.Falsely labelled Tiffany bracelets?
3.Another falsely labelled Tiffany necklace?
4. Synthetic sapphires in 'ruby' earings?
5.Synthetic sapphires in a diamond and sapphire ring?
6.Other Tiffany items that weren't?
7. 18ct Gold that was 9ct?

The fact that incompetence and under pricing existed with over pricing would indicate that a 'rip-off' was not necessarilly being perpetrated but the public has the right to expect a jeweller to know his business properly!

Tony Beachcomber said...

Bertie, you are right and I am well aware of the other "offences".But it is the drift away from hall marking in the jewellry trade that is being flouted by most jewellry retailers that is going unoticed I think should be looked into.

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