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It is important, therefore, that you understand what you are looking at when out shopping for jewellery and what better starting point than understanding hallmarks.
The British Hallmark system is very easy to understand once you know the format and is a cast iron guarantee…
These are arguably the most important marks initially as it is these marks that denote metal type and purity.
In bygone days fraudulent activities in hallmarking silver and gold were punished with death, but the penalty it is still significant today (till ten years of prison).
The first guarantee marks used in England was the leopard head, that was impressed on silverware made of alloy containing at least 925 ppt of silver (sterling standard).
Since 1300 any silverware produced in England should be marked.
The system evolved in the time in order to make possible to track the entire process of control and in particular to identify the person in charge for the standard control and the hallmarking.
Contemporary jewelry historians use hallmarks for research purposes but these hallmarks were never intended to make the life of appraisers easier.