English silver, or Sterling silver is often referred to as solid silver, but it does in fact contain 7.5% copper, so it is 92.5% pure, which is why modern silver often has a .925 mark stamped into it. English Silver Hallmarks evolved over time, with the eventual inclusion of the standard or sterling mark, the assay office, the year of manufacture, the maker, and sometimes an additional mark for special reasons.
This project has been 15 years in the making and now documents over 12,000 silver marks on 1,200 pages and subpages.
It is regularly updated as we find and photograph new examples of silver hallmarks and makers' marks.
To navigate the site, it is easiest to use the green menu bar at the top of the screen.
If you don't know the country of origin of the marks you are researching, the "World Hallmarks" page is probably the best place to start.
Trying to pin down a Jewelry Manufacturer or date of Manufacture? The only mark evident is the SSL on the bridge of the frames. Can anyone help identify the G14K maker's mark / origin of this large pendant I would be grateful for any information on the maker / origin of this 14K pendant/amulet. The pendant has a pyramid with just written inside and 750 below... X i have an 18ct maltese cross ring with the letter s in a cut corner box and a crown... piece of jewelry as a gift from a saudi prince rep 30 years ago when worked at bank. mark on back VI or V1 beside it a snake eating it's tail What is the item?
This is now a Paid Antique Jewelry/Hallmark opinion service. The comments, opinions and Jewelry rants, should Not be used for valuation purposes. I found a rope chain with 15c on it as well as these 3 hallmarks.. Hi, I'm hoping to track down any information (date, maker name , etc) about a gold signet / seal ring that I inherited. Weird K and Arabic script hallmark on Art Nouveau 14k or 18K solid gold diamond ring I have a natural diamond cluster ring that has an antique Art Nouveau appearance. Query regarding markings on white gold pendant Hi there I am curious about 2 markings on the back of a white gold pendant I have. Please tell me what the numbers mean - Old Necklace a very old necklace gold plaque over steling silver - 87 grams with 4 sets of numbers - I don't know how old it is or if has any worth, neither what mean … I have a gold wedding ring & wanting to find out more about the symbols & valuation of the piece? Vintage 19.2 karat French Gold & Diamond Panther Pendant I have a large vintage 19.2 karat French Gold & Diamond Panther Pendant with very confusing maker marks? Turquoise Necklace - middle hallmark it looks like a sideways cross or maybe sword? 22k yellow gold & Turquoise necklace Can you please provide all background information? In these early days it was not uncommon for silver objects to be melted down and converted into coinage, and so it was imperative that the silver used was of a sufficient grade, especially with continental silver containing a much lower percentage of silver. Any piece of silver had to be officially approved to be of a high enough silver content, and would be given it’s hallmark only when this was the case.As a consequence the hallmark became a standard of quality and assurance, and the presence of a hallmark on a silver object was an official seal of approval.This long history of British hallmarks makes our hallmarking system one of the most highly structured and respected in the world.Hallmarks on silver were first introduced in the UK in 1300 as a method of proving that the silver object contained the correct amount of silver, since pure silver is a very soft metal and consequently any object made from silver requires some base metal to be added to it to strengthen it.Hallmarks are required on all pieces of silver and precious metal including jewellery.