|All our items are
sterling silver and have been hallmarked in the United Kingdom. To
warrant a hallmark a British Assay Office independently tests each piece
to establish the purity of the silver
content. These items have to
be a minimum of 925
parts silver per 1000 to be of sterling silver standard. If items fail to
reach that standard they cannot be marked sterling standard. The
reason it is not 100%, is that in its pure state, silver would be too soft
for every day
use. Sterling silver contains
a very small percentage of copper, as the alloy, to
give it the durability to stand up to constant use.
Edward 1 introduced Hallmarking back to 1327 and is probably the oldest form of consumer protection in Britain.