Hallmarks - guarantee of quality and origin of precious metals
Hallmarks, stamped or lasered, are a kind of signature / stamp of the jewelry producer or importer. This allows you to precisely identify the producer. It is also a guarantee of the quality of the precious metal.The hallmark is a jewelers tool made of high-quality steel. It is used for stamping a legally protected mark registered in a French assay office. French hallmarks are shaped like a tiny ellipse.
In France, trade in precious metals is strictly registered and controlled. Lack of a hallmark indicates silver of unknown origin and is punishable by law. Warning ! Even jewelry bought legally in other European countries must be checked and marked with the French hallmark. French regulations on trading in precious metals are very restrictive and are a protective barrier against silver of unknown origin and purity. Silver 925 without a registered hallmark does not guarantee good quality of the product.