The UK Jewellery and Precious Metals Industry celebrated in style at a glittering event to launch the official Commemorative Hallmark for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The recent launch was attended by HRH Princess Michael of Kent, who witnessed the first Jubilee marks being formally struck.
The tradition of creating celebratory hallmarks began with the Silver Jubilee of George and Mary in 1935 and was followed by special hallmarks for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and Golden Jubilee in 2002.
The hallmark, which depicts a young Queen Elizabeth wearing an oversized crown in a diamond shaped surround, will be available from all four assay offices until 1st October 2012. The mark can be struck on silver, gold, platinum or palladium.
Jewellery and Silverware items bearing the commemorative Diamond Jubilee Hallmark are expected to be in high demand over the next 18 months as the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the London Olympics make 2012 a year to remember.