Kay made her way down to Birmingham in a bid to be one of the first to receive the commemorative hallmark, which was unveiled in February 2023. Her efforts led to her Fabergé Yorkshire Rose Egg Surprise Locket in 18k white gold being the first piece to be stamped with the new King’s image, alongside fineness hallmarks and sponsors’ marks.
Kay comments: “I have a fantastic relationship with the Birmingham Assay Office, who have been so supportive in helping me build brands and develop my collections through unique hallmarks. As a proud British jeweller, I wanted the chance to secure the first King Charles III Coronation commemorative hallmark. I was thrilled to discover that our Fabergé Yorkshire Rose Egg Surprise Locket was the first piece over the line! It is a fantastic slice of history that I can share with my customers and the wider York community.”
Bradley’s Jewellers is committed to hallmarking both for legal, commemorative and branding purposes. Kay Bradley currently has her own KLB (Kay Louise Bradley) and ECO (Eco Rocks) sponsor’s marks for her fine jewellery and laboratory-grown diamond jewellery collections, respectively. She also worked with the team at Birmingham Assay Office to develop hallmark logos for her own-brand ranges, including The York Rose, The York Daffodil, Twinkle Toes, and Rainbow Hope.
Kay adds: “These unique hallmarking opportunities have allowed me to personalise my own-brand collections and authenticate my original designs. Each piece of Fabergé Yorkshire Rose jewellery, for example, is stamped with The York Rose logo with a ‘K’ in the centre, which is my personal cypher. Plus, some ranges have the additional Created in the UK hallmark to signify that they are 100% British-made from design and manufacturing to finishing.”
The King Charles III Coronation commemorative hallmark, which depicts His Majesty’s head against an oval background, will be available upon request for retail jewellers, suppliers and designer-makers until December 31, 2024. It can be applied to gold, silver, platinum or palladium items by any of the four UK assay offices.
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