The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office Trip

Written by Francesca Glos on 4 May 2016

Along with some of the Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery designers, I recently took a trip to The Goldsmith’s Company Assay Office in London. The building itself was spectacular, filled with lavish decoration, infinite gold gilded ceilings and stunning tapestries that adorned the walls. Not only was it interesting to hear about the history of the building but also to understand the old techniques that were used to hallmark precious metals, which are still in use to this very day. We were able to see behind the scenes of the Assay Office and learn everything from how they tested each item to how their individual hallmarks were applied. Depending on the item, this could be from a hand stamp, a fly press or perhaps the new technology of a laser machine. Experiencing the fast-paced environment of the Assay Office has truly given me an insight into how our jewellery is tested and verified- another part to the process that makes the jewellery world so special and a brilliant industry to be a part of.