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Crown Hallmarks and Price of Gold
by: Anonymous

Hi Karen -the crown mark was struck into GOLD in Great Britain, so the hallmark on the "silvery" colored ring would indicate the metal is in fact, 18 carat white gold and NOT silver. With gold prices now reaching historic new heights, the gold content of the metal is the one thing you don't want to get wrong.

The anchor is the mark for the Birmingham assay office. Birmingham is where the metal was tested.

As date letters change in cycles of strings of 20, you will need to compare the date mark "W", against the Birmingham date marks on this page (top right hand corner).

When you find the date the piece was assayed, you are then in a position to research the maker of the piece.

It would be an educated guess to assign a Birmingham jewelry as the sponsor who was working around the time the piece was assayed in Birmingham. You will have to take great care now with small details when examining the maker's mark. Is the maker's mark, "HS" printed, or cursive, etc ? Examining small details in jewelry hallmarks is where a jeweler's loupe is especially useful.

You might like to read the comments in the reply to a visitor who sent in a similar crown hallmark question.

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Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre
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