Do earrings have hallmarks?
The other day we were asked via live chat if our diamond earrings have hallmarks. The rule for hallmarking jewellery applies to the weight of the item in the UK. There are certain weight exemptions. Items below 1.0g of gold, below 7.78g for silver and below 0.5g for platinum are exempt. With this in mind, earrings above 1g in gold should display a hallmark on the item.
Where are earrings hallmarked?
Any of the UK Assay Offices will apply the hallmark. Look at the above photograph of this classic pair of Emerald cut diamond stud earrings. You will notice that the hallmark is stamped onto the post of the earring. More delicate diamond earrings might be laser hallmarked—a process which is less invasive but which often appears much lighter on the surface of the item.
Hypo-allergenic earrings and hallmarks
It is important for many buyers to choose a hypoallergenic metal for their earrings. Platinum and 18ct White Gold remain popular. Their high purity makes them ideal for sensitive skin. The hallmark will denote the purity of fineness of the precious metal. This gives buyers specific assurances about the quality of the metal. Numbers stamped include 750 for 18ct Gold to denote 75% pure Gold content. 950 for Platinum to denote 95% purity for the Platinum.
Purchasing hallmarked diamond earrings
Buying from a reputable jeweller will ensure the best pair of diamond earrings. Seek advice to determine if your earrings will be hallmarked. Seek additional guidance on selecting the most appropriate diamond colour, clarity and carat weight. Our complete collection of diamond earrings includes a selection of single solitaire styles and more elaborate drop and cluster designs. We give friendly guidance and in-depth advice for anyone looking to purchase earrings typically hallmarked at the London, Sheffield of Birmingham Assay Office.