What is a hallmark?

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A hallmark is an official mark on a piece of jewellery or item made from a precious metal. Hallmarks exist to protect consumers as they prove the type of metal and its quality, and also provide evidence of who made the piece and when. A full traditional hallmark is made up of five marks and looks like this: Sponsors’ (or … Read More

Why is my white gold tarnishing?

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You’ve got a new beautiful white gold ring you have worn for a few months, but then you notice the metal around the back of the ring and the setting have changed colour. Patches of your ring are a totally different shade of white, and next to the bright silvery areas that remain, these patches almost look yellow. Is your … Read More

Palladium 950 Vs 500

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I am a big fan of Palladium. It was first introduced in the 1930’s when Platinum was all the rage, and then again in the 1950’s, but it never caught on. When Palladium was given the stamp of approval in 2009 when it received its official hallmark, the jewellery industry took a huge collective intake of breath – what would … Read More

White Metals: Part Three – Platinum and Palladium

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Platinum: the most expensive of the precious metals. But what is it about this precious metal that makes it stand out from the crowd? And how does it differ to Palladium, one of its sibling metals? I hope to answer all these questions and more in this article all about Platinum and Palladium, the final piece of my third part … Read More