- 6 years ago
Well I cracked and visited the jeweller to see how my custom set was getting on. As soon as I walked in, she said ”That was quick!”….Turns out she’d literally just emailed me to say that they were ready to try on to check the fit before she sets the stone and polishes them up. Weird!
Anyways, they’re wonderful and I’m so happy with them. She said it would take her about another week to finish them off (whichI was absolutely fine with) and then mentioned she’d be sending them off to the assay office to get them hallmarked. I gulped and asked how long that would take, she said an additional two weeks. At that point I rather pathetically started to clutch at straws and asked her what if I didn’t get them hallmarked?
Legally a jeweller cant sell a piece of jewellery over a certain weight in a precious metal if it is not hallmarked. But they can sell it as ”white metal” (or yellow obviously for y gold). I know this from our last custom job, our wedding bands, which we commissioned at a jeweller 3 hours away from us. They had called to say they were ready, we drove all the way down there, tried them on, they were great, then he took them back off us and said ”well obviously now I have to send them to be hallmarked, it’;l be another 2 weeks”. A six hour round trip! To be told they actually weren’t ready! So we thought f it, and took them anyways. The next day we had them tested at another jeweller just to make sure and they are obiovusly the metal he said they were but my neuroses had kicked in overnight lol. So we actually own jeweller that isnt hallmarked and neither of us are bothered. So…..I asked if I could do the same thing again with my new set.
She’s said she’s happy to put on file that the rings are ‘to be hallmarked’, so I can take them away, wear them, enjoy them and then bring them back in the future and she’ll send them off to be done. Whcih sounds like a good compromise to me 🙂
I’ve checked with our house/contents insurance and we only need proof/documents etc for items of jewellery that individually are worth £3000 or over. Well neither my wedding band, or this new set even togetehr are worth over that so I think for insurance purposes I’m safe.
I guess I just wondered how other Bees felt about hallmarking? On the one hand there’s no way I would go into a highstreet jewellers and purchase a ring that wasnt hallmarked. I wouldnt trust them!Yet I’ve had two custom pieces that I do trust. I wonder why I feel different? Will it affect how I feel about my set if they’re not hallmarked, with that stamp of certainty? It doesnt affect how I feel about my wedding band so maybe not. Hmm. Obviously if these were rings we would later like to sell then it is crucial to have them hallmarked but they are NOT for sale now or in the future.