Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin Hibernia - the Hallmark of The Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin Since 1637

Hallmarking

Why is hallmarking important?

Most items of precious metal (gold, silver and platinum) Jewellery or Plate are not made from pure metal e.g. 18ct gold or 750/1000 is 75% gold and 25% other metal.  It is not possible for the consumer to know if the correct % of precious metal is present in the article or not.  The hallmark guarantees the precious metal content.


Quality guarantee - gold, silver & platinum hallmarking

The hallmark guarantees the precious metal (gold, silver and platinum) content.

Irish hallmarks provide the final consumer with a unique guarantee of the precious metal content that lasts the lifetime of the product.

How sub-standard items are dealt with:

If items submitted for hallmarking pass assay they are hallmarked guaranteeing the precious metal content of the item for the life of the product providing it is not altered in anyway.

If items fail assay (do not reach the declared standard of fineness) the trader is given options:

  • In the case of Irish manufactured items mark them down to the next lower standard of fineness or have the items smashed and returned.
  • In the case of imported items mark them down to the next lower standard of fineness or re-exported them back to the supplier.

 

How to submit pieces - hallmarking services

How to submit pieces - hallmarking services

To submit your gold, silver or platinum to our hallmarking service please follow the below steps

  1. Download an application for registration and follow the instructions.
  2. Download and read our terms and conditions
  3. Download an Assay Docket. Complete it and submit with the items
  4. All precious metal consignments being imported into Ireland from outside the EU are subject to a bonded warehousing entry (made by the Assay Office). Imported parcels of gold, silver and platinum should clearly show the sender’s name, contents, value, and be addressed as follows:

ASSAY MASTER, ASSAY OFFICE, DUBLIN CASTLE DUBLIN 2
(for the A/c of Messrs.  ……………………..)

a. In the case of consignments coming by parcel post, air freight, road freight or from within the European Union the only document required is the original invoice.

b. In the case of consignments coming by parcel post or by any other means, from outside the European Union, a status document if applicable and the original invoice is required along with the airway bill so that the bonded warehousing entry can be made.

c.  Original invoices and status documents, where applicable, must be sent to this office under separate cover.  They serve no purpose included in the parcel, except as a packing slip.  A customs entry cannot be made unless these documents are made available in advance, separate from the parcel.

Exemptions

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The only exemptions are items which, in the view of the Assay Master, are too frail or fragile to receive a hallmark.  However, the items must be assayed and comply with one of our national standards of fineness. 
Antiques that are in accordance with the 1981 Hallmarking Act 100 years old are also exempt from compulsory hallmarking. Proof of antiquity lies with the vendor.

International Recognition

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Irish Hallmarks are accepted in most countries around the world.  To date no State has informed us that items with Irish Hallmarks have been refused entry.

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