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Most people know that when it comes to purchasing gold rings in the UK, the hallmark is all-important, as with any gold pendants or other kind of precious jewellery. Hallmarks have been setting the standard in British jewellery-making since the reign of Edward I in the 13th century. However, the markings which adorn the inside of a ring can be confusing if you’re not familiar with them.

Gold rings made in Britain are required by law to carry three hallmarks: the Standard Mark, the Sponsor’s mark and the Assay Office Mark. Their basic purpose is to assure the customer of the quality of the gold that it has been through a standard test and has been verified to match the seller’s description.

The Standard Mark is the most important of these. This tells you the carat weight and purity of the metal. It is usually provided in fractions of a thousand, so the percentage representing 18 carat gold is stamped as 750, since 750/1000 is the equivalent to 18/24 carats. Continue reading