While figures were up for platinum and palladium in December 2012, registering 1.3 and 22 per cent rises respectively, the total number of items hallmarked showed a drop of 24.9 per cent.
Gold articles saw a drop of 22.8 per cent and silver 27.8 per cent, but there was a noticeable increase for 800 silver which saw a whopping 439.5 per cent rise in articles hallmarked. 950 palladium registered an increase of 16.8 per cent, with 500 palladium seeing a 123 per cent increase.
The final quarter of 2012 overall showed much more positive results, with 999 gold registering a massive 487.5 per cent increase (564 articles were hallmarked compared to the 96 in Q4 2011) and 916 gold registering an increase of 12.4 per cent. The rest saw a drop in figures.
Gold saw an overall 7.2 per cent decrease and silver a similar 5.1 per cent.
Palladium and platinum generally saw a positive move. Palladium numbers increased across the board, the largest rise being in the 500 category with a 26 .2 per cent increase, and with an overall 13.7 per cent increase.
Platinum 850 saw a 116.7 per cent increase while, overall, there was a 0.9 per cent rise.