In the manufacture of jewellery and silverware, precious metals are not used in their purest forms and instead are alloyed with other metals. It isn't possible to detect an article's precious metal content by sight or touch. Therefore, it is a legal requirement for an Assay Office to hallmark articles containing precious metals if they are described as such and so the hallmark acts as your guide to the content of the piece.

Hallmarks are marks applied to precious metals to indicate the amount of pure metal in the alloy. Traditionally applied by striking with a punch, hallmarks can now also be applied using lasers. 


Hallmarking refers to the independent verification of the precious metal content.  The hallmark is only applied after the item has been assayed to determine that its purity conforms not only to the standards set down by the law but also with our claims as to metallurgical content.

All Country Designs by Lisa jewellery collections are made using Fine Silver and Sterling Silver.

Each marker has their own 'makers' mark.  This is Country Designs by Lisa's

Legal Terminology

The 1973 Hallmarking Act makes it unlawful to describe an item over a certain weight as gold, silver, platinum or palladium without an independent Hallmark

  • All Silver articles weighing more than 7.78 grams must be hallmarked

  • All Gold articles weighing more than 1 gram must be hallmarked

Articles below these exemption weights may be described as Gold, Silver, Palladium or Platinum without the need for a hallmark.

If you have any further questions about hallmarking or the assay process please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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