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In an age where consumer protection and rights are a concern for manufacturers and consumers, it is fascinating to note that the hallmark that is applied to items made in gold and silver is one of the oldest forms of consumer protection that exists. The history of the hallmark dates back to the year 1300 when Edward I established a statute for the assaying and marking of precious metals.
Therefore, it came as something of a surprise, when in 2011, hallmarking was one of eight areas of regulation that the government considered scrapping.
It is of no surprise that we staunchly took it upon ourselves to object to this. The government established the Red Tape Challenge to gauge public opinion which we wholeheartedly supported. For prosperity sake, you can read more about it in archived reports at the Red Tape Challenge.