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Journal — Gold

About Hallmarking

If you look very closely at many of my pieces, you will see a series of tiny letters, numbers and symbols. This is the hallmark, and not only is it is a guarantee of the metal’s fineness, it also adds to the story of how, when, and where it was made.

Close up of a gold band ring, showing the hallmark

The hallmark consists of a sponsors mark (Sarah Ruth Stanford Jewellery bears the letters ‘SRS’ within a chamfered rectangle), metal and fineness marks, and the official symbol of the ossay...

Why Recycled Gold?

As consumers, I hope we are becoming more and more conscious of the way in which our choices impact the environment. Humans have inhabited earth for 200,000 years - our ancestors for 6 million years - and yet we have changed the landscape of this planet more in the last 200 years than the entire time we existed before then.

Jewellery, like any other industry, has its part to play in ensuring we are mindful of the resources we gather and the way we use them. But unlike many other contemporary craft practices, the raw materials I use...

Some interesting things about gold

This week saw the release of a new, baby addition to my Droplet collection: the Tiny Gold Droplet Charm, and as I write, the first small batch of them are making their way out into the world to meet and adorn their new owners.

I use and love both silver and gold in my jewellery practice, but there is something about gold that I'm particularly drawn to. As a maker I love to work with it, it's definitely my material of choice, and I'm always enthralled by the...