It is very interesting to me to see the different meanings attached
by different people to one set of words! Thanks for all the input!
As the daughter of an antique silverware buff, I DO know the meaning
and difference between a hallmark, a maker’s mark, a purity mark, a
date stamp, etc. So when I asked for thoughts on maker’s marks I was
actually being quite specific. Surprising to me that around the
world that term does NOT have a universally understood specific
So to clarify - I’m in the US, and as I understand the laws unless I
use a purity mark I do not HAVE to put any mark at all… That
said, I am at the point where I would LIKE to include a maker’s mark
on some of my work. I have been hand engraving, and am ready to do
something different. I think. Thus the request for ideas/thoughts.
So to refine a bit - if you do use a maker’s mark (something that
identifies who made the piece) - do you use it on EVERY piece? Or
only on some? How do you decide which to mark - what parameters do
you personally use? I’m curious as to the reasoning each of you
might use on when to mark and when not to mark. Personally, I do a
range of work from $8 retail up to over $2,000 retail currently, and
really feel no need or desire to mark the low end work in any way at
all… it helps pay the bills, folks love inexpensive handmade, my
galleries sell a good bit, everyone is happy. Fine. So at what point
in my continuum then does it become appropriate and/or desirable to
start including who made the piece?
Next refinement - in necklaces do you stamp/mark on a component or
add a tag with the mark?
Thanks for all the input - this has been helpful and enlightening!
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