Hallmarking refers to the independent verification of the precious metal content. A hallmark tells the story of who made an article, what the article is made of (gold, silver, platinum, or palladium), the fineness of the precious metal, and where the article was assayed.
All of the products in the Staffa jewellery collection are verified independently by the Assay office in Edinburgh. This is done through the 700 year old practice of hallmarking and a hallmark is only applied after the item has been assayed to determine that its purity conforms to both legal standards and metallurgical content.
A hallmark must consist of at least three compulsory marks; a Sponsor’s mark (Maker’s mark), a Metal Fineness mark, and an Assay Office town mark. A hallmark may also include an optional date letter, indicating when the article was hallmarked.
Staffa Jeweller bears the Makers Mark ‘BL’ as it is all made by Beth Legg. The Edinburgh Assay Office mark is a castle.
The 1973 Hallmarking Act stipulates that all silver articles weighing more than 7.78 grams must be hallmarked in order to be described as such. Articles below this exemption weight may be described as silver without the need for a hallmark.
All Staffa jewellery is made using recycled Sterling Silver unless commissioned otherwise.