Metal Buying at Zoe Kay Jewellery
Gold is one of the most important metals known to man. For almost all of history, gold has played a role as jewellery, currency and in technology. It has been used as decoration in ceremonies and to signify leadership and success in the form of crowns and medals.
In 1238 King Henry VIII commanded the Mayor of London to appoint six goldsmiths to ensure standards for gold and silver. Edward I then passed a law requiring all silver to be sterling standard and to be assayed (tested) by the warden of the Goldsmiths Guild and marked with the Leopards head.
From these beginnings hallmarking became a standard mark of quality on gold, silver and platinum. The marks indicate where the metal was assayed, if it is gold silver or platinum and the purity of the metal.
Gold jewellery will carry a hallmark declaring its quality and authenticity
Silver is a precious metal and has been used for jewellery throughout history. Perfect for fine chains, necklaces, earrings, rings and brooches, silver is a versatile precious metal. White and shining silver is also the ideal complement to diamonds and other precious gemstones.
Silver jewellery will carry a hallmark declaring its quality and authenticity
Platinum is a versatile precious metal that can be used for a variety of different types of jewellery. Particularly popular in wedding rings, platinum is also perfect for bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings.
Platinum jewellery will carry a hallmark declaring its quality and authenticity.