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Understanding a hallmark on a piece of silver jewellery.

Different countries have slightly different rules about what silver jewellery should be hallmarked. Under Irish law all jewellery made with precious metals and sold in Ireland must be hallmarked. So whenever you buy a piece of jewellery claiming to be made in one or more of these precious metals, make sure to look out for the correct jewellery hallmarks. In the U.K. you do not need to assay silver pieces weighing under 7.78 grams.

When a goldsmith registers with the assay office, they apply to have a distinguished makers mark, usually a persons initials. This has to be different from any other goldsmith’s initials so that the maker can be identified . My initials are KW.


Hibernia mark may be considered as a special mark of the Dublin Assay Office. It was only used on Irish manufactured articles up to 2002 while the boujet was used on imported articles. Since 2002 it is used on all articles assayed and hallmarked at the Assay Office irrespective of their origin.


Metal and fineness (purity) marks tell you the precious metal content, expressed in parts per thousand.

You can be assured that all the jewellery in Original Strands is sterling silver and 9 carat gold (higher carat gold on request).

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