Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hallmarking The Queens Diamond Jubilee NEW

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is being commemorated by a special hallmark. It is available from each of the four UK assay offices and the design has been approved by the British Hallmark council.

Known as the Diamond Jubilee mark, it can be used on gold, silver, palladium or platinum and looks set to become popular with royal collectors and people looking for a precious metal investment, alike.

The Diamond Jubilee mark features a youthful Queen set into a diamond shaped surround, facing right and wearing an over sized crown.

This hallmark has been in production since 1st July 2011, and will run until 1st October 2012.

It is available for use on all precious metal articles and was applied with the appropriate date letter ‘m’ until 31 December 2011 and with ‘n’ throughout 2012.

The mark was unveiled last year and will suit the many gold and silver commemorative pieces already in production.

Birmingham assay office describe the new hallmark and the Diamond Jubilee as a great commercial opportunity and urged gift ware and jewellery manufacturers last year to get designing in readiness for this historic occasion.

Silversmiths and goldsmiths are already busy with commemorative items to mark this important event, which will be the first time in living history that we have had a monarch on the throne for 60 years.

The commemorative pieces are not yet widely available, but expect that to change as the Diamond Jubilee Year gathers momentum.