Hi re-wrote my hand out to remove negative comments.
quality you can trust
Still can’t post the fineness mark, but it is 925 in an oval
Australia is renowned for quality hand made sterling silver
jewellery. In 2008 to identify Australian made jewellery a unique
fineness mark was introduced for Australia.
Standards Australia with The Australian Jewellery and Gemstone
Industry Council (AJGIC) introduced this standard. AJGIC includes:
The Jewellers Association of Aust
The Gemmological Association of Aust
The Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Aust
The National Council of Jewellery Valuers and
The Diamond Guild.
For your guarantee of quality look for the Australian fineness mark.
Buy Australian made Sterling Silver. Your money will be well spent.
Richard Hopkins Silversmith.
I took out the negative comments because if people think Tiffany has
a factory in China and think badly made low grade alloy silver is
sterling even though it looks nothing like sterling then not much I
can do about it. They will learn from experience. But if I can get
people looking for the Australian fineness mark when buying I have
Personally I would like to see all imported jewellery assayed and if
it does not assay to fineness stated destroyed. If XRF’d it would be
a quick process and usually accurate and make the government money
and protect the trade. Like that will ever happen.
Our government does nothing to protect even our children. There are
10,000 homeless children sleeping rough tonight.
Yet Australia donates millions in foreign aid, while are own
children are homeless and hungry and abused on the streets.
I work with children who are frequently homeless their anger is
incredible and so is their gratitude when given a free breakfast.
The only decent meal they get often. That is why they don’t want
school holidays we are often all they have.
Tomorrow the jewellery class starts making gem set rings, bangles
and soldering jumprings on chains. They make 2 pieces of jewellery
and keep one, they usually give it away to a friend or relative. Wow
are they impressed that the kids actually do this.
The boys are just plain dumb, they chase girls, of course they are
hormone driven teenagers but don’t have the brains to say. “Darling
I made this for you.” Women like jewellery and if a guy has made it
for them then he will suddenly become very attractive to the lady.
Like the saying “If a man says something and there is no woman there
to correct him, is he still wrong?” Never had a lady say no. A bit
like if you don’t do it right the first time do it the way your wife
Although I work in gold as well as silver I promote my self as a
silversmith, very rare these days and lots of people like silver.
And I prefer to work in silver there is just something about it that