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Hallmarking Articles From The Diamond Store.co.uk

Palladium Finally Gets The Stamp of Approval

  Palladium finally became recognised as a precious metal when on July 22nd 2009 hallmarking for the bright, white metal came into effect. The hope is that this move will encourage further consumer confidence in palladium which has already enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity.    First discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston, palladium was named after the asteroid Pallas which in turn derived its name from the Greek goddes Pallas Athena. As a result it is a depiction of this goddess of war which is used as a voluntary traditional mark for hallmarked palladium. The different standards of palladium fineness will be measured as 500 parts per thousand, 950 parts per thousand and 999 parts per thousand.   As one of the platinum group metals, palladium shares the same chemical properties as platinum which gives it its’ lustrous colour and tarnish-free surface. However because it is less dense with a lower melting point, it is cheaper. This means that jewellery consumers fond of platinum but not the prices have in palladium the perfect …

Why is Jewellery Hallmarked in the UK?

  Put simply, gold, silver and platinum jewellery in the UK is hallmarked to ensure its’ quality giving the consumer confidence that the article they are buying is what it says it is. In fact hallmarking is the earliest consumer protection law dating back to 1300. Today hallmarking is controlled by the Hallmark Act 1973 (last amendments made in 1998) and the UK is one of the few countries in the world where this is compulsory for every item of jewellery sold, regardless of the location it was manufactured in.   When precious metals are used in jewellery, they are almost always combined with other metals, such as copper, in order to make them stronger and more durable. It is in this alloy that unethical jewellers can potentially make extra profit as they use a greater percentage of the base metal compared to the precious metal, instead of the other way round. This is incredibly difficult to work out by touch or sight alone and requires sophisticated testing to be employed by what are known …