Safety Pin Small sterling silver .925 x 1 Opening Safetypin Nappy Pins WSSM25

Customer question “Hiya, could you please show me a photo of the hallmark? Many thanks”

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201221168108

 

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Hello,
sorry for the delay replying.
These safety pins, like the majority of our stock, is not hallmarked.
It is, like the majority of our stock, sterling silver and complies with ALL UK laws on hallmarking.
As it and most items are under 7.78 grams there is no legal requirement to hallmark.
I shall put our FAQ on hallmarking below but as you may be aware the “925” stamp you will see on a large amount of items is not a hallmark despite what some will tell you.
Just going back to the safety pins, I just checked a few and some have a 925 stamp on the pin near the sharp bit but I think they have started doing this relatively recently.
Some have it and some don’t.
If you did want one with a 925 stamp then please add a note at checkout and I can make sure one is chosen.
I hope the above helps but if we can help further then please let us know
Kind regards Simon

********** FAQ START HALLMARKING ************************
** Please note the below is based on UK (English) Law and may not be the same in your own country **
Hallmarking – Learn More About the Law – http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/images/pdfs/Hallmark%20guidance%20Notes%20FINAL.pdf
http://reviews.ebay.co.uk/Practical-Guide-to-Hallmarking?ugid=10000000008098702
Some items are exempt from hallmarking.
To learn more about HALLMARKING visit www.theassayoffice.co.uk as a start.
If an item is under these weights they DONT have to be hallmarked.

1 gram for gold, 0.5 grams for platinum and 7.78 grams for silver.
The manufacturers dont tend to unless they have to as it costs extra money and takes extra time.

Although the items maybe exempt from hallmarking they still have to be as described otherwise this breaks the trades description act and the UK law
Eg you cannot describe an item as 9 carat gold when it is actually gold plated or you cant describe an item as sterling silver when it is 800 standard silver.

All the suppliers we deal with are very particular about hallmarking when needed, as they dont want to be breaking the law. Mistakes do sometimes happen but due to the legal implications this is VERY rare.

The item still has to be as described.
If an item is described as Silver it has to be at least 800 parts of pure silver per 1000 parts
If an item is described as Sterling Silver it has to be at least 925 parts of pure silver per 1000 parts
If an item is described as Britannia Silver it has to be at least 958 parts of pure silver per 1000 parts
There is also an extra mark 999 which is for 999 parts of pure silver per 1000 parts

There are other exemptions but this can be very complex. For more information about English hallmarks you can start with the Birmingham assay office www.theassayoffice.co.uk
Hallmarking – Learn More About the Law – http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/images/pdfs/Hallmark%20guidance%20Notes%20FINAL.pdf
http://reviews.ebay.co.uk/Practical-Guide-to-Hallmarking?ugid=10000000008098702
********** FAQ END HALLMARKING ************************

 

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