New hallmarking legislation provides consumers with more accurate descriptions of jewellery. This document states that all silver, gold and platinum products must be hallmarked unless they fall below the exemption weight.
The new 2007 legislation explains that many precious metal articles like rings, and all platinum products, were exempt from hallmarking. Articles which should have been hallmarked but weren’t, are now treated as exempt.
Since 1999, the date has been 1920, but the amended legislation alters this date to 1950.