I have been asked by our readers to give more on this
problem. To register a maker's mark on the national level you must
register it as a trademark with the Federal Trade Commission.
I searched the FTC website and found no or guidance.
After placing several calls to the FTC, I was informed by their
representative that a trademark, registered with the help of an
attorney, was the appropriate path to obtaining a legally registered
Once you have a search done to confirm that no other company is using
your symbol or name, you can register it as your trademark, then you
can have a stamp made and use it to identify your jewelry.
20 years ago, in Washington state, with my state business license I
was able to register my name at the state level and use it as my
maker's mark on my jewelry.
That registration is no longer legally valid and unfortunately, I
recently discovered that my first name has already been registered as
the trademark for a hardware manufacturer based in New Jersey. Since
they are identified as a manufacturer of metal products, there is
still some question whether or not I can legally register my own name
for use as a jeweler's mark. It seems the federal government doesn't
see the distinction between the brass and nickel used to make an
ornamental door knob and the gold and silver I use to make ornament.
If you are truly dedicated and want to secure your logo or name as
your trademark, learn from my mistake and make the investment for the
national level of registration.
Associate Editor / Art Jewelry magazine
21027 Crossroads Circle / Waukesha WI 53187-1612