If anyone can offer any more insight or info into which other
countries I might have to be prepared to arrange hallmarking once
the goods arrive I would appreciate it.
France and Switzerland have special requirements and regulations as
For France, it is all about having someone responsible to guarantee
the fineness of the metal. Consequently, the hallmarking office is
called “bureau de garanti”. Locally made ware is stamped with the
(registered) makers mark, imported ware needs a (registered)
importers mark. All pieces beyond a certain weight need to be
additionally certified by the bureau de garanti.
I can not tell anything concrete about Switzerland, but know german
fellow goldsmith who have had their surprises with the swiss
regulations. From what I understood, they are similar to the french
Germany has regulations, but they are very lax. Something around:
You don’t have to hallmark, but if hallmarked it must be true.
Feel free to contact me, probably off-list, with your questions, and
I can answer for France and look up Germany and Switzerland for you.