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Current UK hallmarking legislation is contained in the 1973 Hallmarking Act, which has been updated several times.

This legislation provides important protection for all those involved in the jewellery industry whether manufacturer, wholesaler, importer, retailer or consumer.

Hallmarking provides a level playing field for all as everyone has to comply with the Hallmarking Regulations and cannot gain an advantage by selling items with slightly less precious metal in it.