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First Created in the UK Mark Struck

18 Mar 2020

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The mark was struck at the Birmingham Assay Office and the bowl, a one-of-a-kind piece made from over a kilo of silver, was purchased by Gary Wroe, Manging Director of Hockley Mint, for the BATF collection at December’s Benevolent Society Ball.

Doug Henry, Assay Master at Birmingham Assay Office said,

“It was a privilege and pleasure to witness the first Created in the UK mark being struck following the launch of this scheme. This initiative provides UK manufacturers with an opportunity to identify their product as being created in the UK and we are very proud to have had the first mark struck here at the Birmingham Assay Office.”

Created in the UK was launched at September’s IJL show and allows jewellery, silverware and related UK-made products to be marked and promoted as such.

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The mark can be struck on precious metal items by any of the four UK Assay Offices as an additional mark to go alongside the hallmark. Initial sets of commonly used punches will be held by the Assay Offices in order to kickstart the scheme, but the mark may also be applied via laser.

Simon Forrester, NAJ Chief Executive said,

“2020 is the year of ‘Created’. The scheme has been received with enthusiasm by our members, and we’re looking forward to seeing the emergence of the mark over the next few months. With the current pressing times for import, I’m reassured of the importance for a scheme like this which differentiates between UK-made products and imported ones.”

The scheme that is in its first official year has a growing membership amongst Manufacturers, Designers and Retailers. The Created in the UK logo has been designed to be as simple as possible, in order to work across many delivery mechanisms without complicated instructions, the NAJ and licensees can use relevant artwork on appropriate products, packaging, websites and exhibition stands, in addition to the mark itself.

Ana De Costa, design maker and early Created in the UK licensee said,

“I think being made in the UK is hugely important for me and for other industries and believe that making all my jewellery here is a great way to support the UK economy, with craftspeople who are based here. I feel it is my duty as a business owner to do my bit.”

“I’m also a firm believer that the quality of craftsmanship in the UK is far superior to anywhere else. I have an excellent working relationship with all my suppliers and workshops and am proud to support the UK jewellery industry through my business operating from Hatton Garden in London.”

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Created in the UK is an additional scheme for NAJ Members and more information can be found by visiting naj.co.uk/created or contacting NAJ Industry Ambassador Lindsey Straughton via lindsey.straughton@naj.co.uk

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Source: The NAJ