After protracted discussions, the Glasgow businessman has been given permission to stamp his gold, silver and platinum jewellery designs with the forgotten hallmark.
Eric, a graduate of Glasgow Art School, has operated Eric N Smith Ltd with his wife and co-director Yvonne for more than 35 years. He remarked: “I’m delighted with this development. With Glasgow very much on the global stage, particularly because of next year’s Commonwealth Games, I felt it was important that the city’s hallmark should be revived.”
Based on the city’s coat of arms, Glasgow’s erstwhile mark was last struck on 1 July 1963. The following year, the mark was withdrawn when the Glasgow Assay Office closed its doors and the Edinburgh Assay Office, which opened in 1457, took responsibility for hallmarking all jewellery made in Scotland.
“Having studied and worked in the jewellery industry in Glasgow all my life I felt it was only fitting that the city’s mark be revived because it’s part of our heritage,” Eric explained.
“Our jewellery designs, manufactured by experienced craftsmen in our workshop, are a key part of our business. While many jewellers now outsource production to places such as China, we’re unique in basing the production of our gold and platinum jewellery here. It’s wonderful that from now on all our new and exciting designs can carry the new hallmark to highlight their Glasgow origins.”
As required by the Joint Assay Offices Committee, Glasgow’s latest hallmark is a new design. Measuring between three and five millimetres, like its predecessor, the mark features part of Glasgow’s coat of arms.
Glasgow-made precious metal jewellery will also continue to bear the Edinburgh hallmark.
Assay master and chief executive of the Edinburgh Assay Office, Scott Walter, said that Eric N Smith Limited has been given “express permission” to apply the new hallmark to its bespoke jewellery.
Images by Alan Peebles.