Hallmarking is the Oldest Form of Consumer Protection
Regardless of where the sale occurs, on or offline, If you are sold an item of jewellery made with and described as gold, silver, platinum or palladium over the minimum weight and it is not hallmarked, then the seller is breaking the law. Only jewellery that carries an officially registered British or international hallmark can be sold in the UK.
Fake products are on the increase and one of the most common areas for the fakers to operate in is jewellery manufacture. However, we do have a system in place to protect the consumer that has been in operation in the UK for over 700 years; hallmarking.
Ask any person in the sreet though if they can identify a genuine hallmark and many will struggle, often confusing a simple '18K' or '925' stamp as an official mark when in fact,...