By law in the UK, silver items are required to be hallmarked at a recognised Assay Office if it is over the weight of 7.78g.
At Jewellery by Linda I choose to have certain items hallmarked even if they are under that weight. I make sure to tell you in the product description if the item is hallmarked.
As a proud Yorkshire based creator, when I require an item hallmarking I send it along to the lovely people at Sheffield Assay Office - where else?
In the hallmark shown above this is what each symbol means (left to right):
- Sponsor mark - this is my own Jewellery by Linda registered makers mark and shows the item was made by me.
- The fineness/quality mark - in this case showing that the item is sterling silver (i.e. 925 - that is 92.5% silver content)
- Yorkshire rose - this shows that the item was hallmarked in Sheffield
- Lion passant - this shows that the item was made in the UK
- Date mark - this changes each year and, obviously shows when the item was hallmarked.