Our family-owned and run business has built its reputation on exceptional service, unrivalled choice and unique links with the Silver Trade. This special relationship with the trade allows our pricing to be amongst the most competitive you’ll find – and our range amongst the largest!
Although we try to give a wide choice on-line, it is impossible to show you the full range of items we have available.
Our prices are widely ranged, so there really is something for everyone. Why not email us with an idea of how much you would like to spend – and we can email back to suggest some of the more unusual silver gift ideas…
Thanks for your interest in Richmond Silver. If you have any questions or thoughts, please do contact us by your preferred method. We are real people, in a real workshop – we would be delighted to hear from you.
Precious metals used in jewellery and giftware manufacture are always used as an alloy. The precious metal must be mixed with other elements to give it the necessary properties such as flexibility to produce a desirable and durable article.
Even the most experienced jeweller or chemist cannot tell how much precious metal there is in an alloy, just by looking at it, nor whether a thick plating of gold is covering a base metal interior. Due to the high price of precious metals, this offers a huge opportunity for fraud and there has therefore always been a need to protect the public, and honest suppliers, from those who are tempted to cheat them.
Therefore all items being sold as gold, silver, platinum or palladium in the UK must be hallmarked to confirm that they meet the legal standard. This cannot be done by the manufacturer or importer; goods must be submitted to one of the four UK Assay Offices, or an Assay Office belonging to the International Convention.
The only items which are exempt are those which are under the legal weight threshold:
- 0.5 grams for Platinum
- 1 gram for Gold
- 1 gram for Palladium
- 7.78 grams for Silver
When an item is received at an Assay office it goes through three processes:
- SAMPLING traditional method to remove a tiny piece of the precious metal for testing. Today we are more likely to use a nondestructive method using XRF (XRay Fluorescence Spectrometry) machines.
- ASSAYING to determine whether the precious metal content of the alloy meets the required standard. To find out more click here.
- HALLMARKING to apply the appropriate mark to the article.