The number of 9-carat gold items hallmarked in August soared 32% in a positive month for overall hallmarking figures.
That’s according to latest figures released from the four UK assay offices, and compiled by the Birmingham Assay Office, which found overall hallmarking figures soared 10.4% from 696,251 items last year to 768,428.
The number was boosted by a strong performance for the high-value category of gold, which saw the number of hallmarked articles increase from 321,843 last year to 399,422 – a jump of 24.1%.
9-carat gold was up 32% – from 209,358 articles hallmarked last year to 276,418 – while the 14ct and 18ct gold categories were up 98.6% and 8.7%, respectively. The rise has come despite an 11.8% slump in July’s overall hallmarking figures.
Hallmarking of platinum and palladium also saw increases, up 18.9% and 0.8% respectively, while silver was the only metal to report a decline in hallmarking, falling 2.7% compared with the same month last year.