What needs to be hallmarked?
* As with any law, the 1973 Hallmarking Act being no exception, there are exemptions to the hallmarking requirements.
The most applicable for this website being Gold of a weight less than 1 gram and Silver of a weight less than 7.78gm, (based on the precious metal weight only) do not require hallmarking when made in the UK. Also an article which is intended for dispatch to a destination outside the UK.
The hallmarking of silver jewellery is commonplace throughout the world, and although some major countries – such as the US – don't have a compulsory system, many European countries, including the UK, follow procedures laid out in by the Vienna Convention, with easily comparable hallmarks. There are 20 Members of the Vienna Convention and 4 Observers - ie they have applied for membership and are in the process of ratifying the Convention until they become full Members.
The Members of the Hallmarking Convention are currently Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. The Observers are currently Italy, Servia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine.