Every piece of jewellery I have ever made has been hallmarked at the London Assay Office where I first registered as a maker of precious metal articles in 1966.
All my works carry the full five UK marks comprised of three compulsory marks and two optional marks, those being the date letter and the fineness mark. One of the compulsory marks is the name mark or sponsor’s mark which identifies the maker of the piece. My mark is identified as LEC (Lucy Elizabeth Copleston) within an oblong:
Many pieces will also carry commemorative marks struck by the Assay Office for one year only to commemorate occasions such as the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977: the Millennium in 2000: the Queens Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. These special marks contribute to the collectability of a piece.
Hallmarks are the customer’s protection against substandard gold and silver. For more information about hallmarks and the hallmarking process look at: The Goldsmiths
The London Assay Office is situated in Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London, EC2V 6BN and is the headquarters of the 700 year old Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths – the oldest guild in Britain. The Company host a website dedicated to a selection of leading designer-makers of jewellery and silverware. You can view my page on this site: The Goldsmiths, Lucy Copleston