Silver has always been the precious metal of choice for the manufacture of personal items and ornaments. Because of its value Silver has attracted high quality workmanship and design.
In 1479 the Hallmarking system as we know it today was first instigated, and is still the oldest and most trusted guarantee in the world. A hallmark means that an item has been independently tested and guarantees that it conforms to all legal standards of purity (fineness). These tests are carried out by an Assay Office, of which the main ones are London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh.