I usually write about my wonderful weekends, fabulous cufflink wearers and the state of the cufflink nation. Today I am appealing to all my readers (there are at least three of you) to ask for your help.
Hallmarking as a legal requirement is under threat.
The UK Government is reviewing red tape. Bizarrely they have decided that hallmarking is red tape. We do this day in and day out and see it as genuine consumer protection. All jewellery that claims to be gold, silver, platinum or palladium in the UK must be hallmarked – at the moment.
UK hallmarks show
• who made the article – our hallmark is shown on the right
• what is its guaranteed standard of fineness, so you know if it’s 18 carat, 24 carat or silver rather than white gold
• the Assay Office at which the article was tested and marked – we mostly use Birmingham
• the year in which the article was tested and marked
I believe it is essential for the British consumer for the current and future UK Jewellery Industry to maintain hallmarking as a statutory independent service. Without it, can you image the conversation “Although there is no hallmark, of course it’s 18 carat gold sir, have no fear, you can trust me on this.”
Please visit Red Tape http://www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/hallmarking and say what you think. Do share this with as many people as you know.
Time runs out on 5th May 2011 so this is urgent – there are only 9 working days to respond! PLEASE ACT NOW!