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Birmingham Assay Office hallmarking fewer gold items

The Birmingham Assay Office has reported it is hallmarking 14% fewer gold items than this time last year.

The city's office, the largest in the world and founded in 1773, tests and hallmarks precious metals.

Michael Allchin, chief executive and assay master, said the four UK assay offices hallmarked 35 million articles in 2003 and nine million last year.

He said there has been a "big drop" in the nine carat gold, "mass market for inexpensive" jewellery.

  • 23 Aug 2013