I am in Australia & would like to know where I can send my product
to be "Hallmarked" and the approximate cost.
I don't believe there is any such thing in Australia. You can
register with one of the UK Assay Offices or Dublin and get the same
service as a native. My mark is registered with the Edinburgh Assay
Office. The fees are not too bad, but the shipping and time delay
will be a pretty big reason not to do it. I don't do it very often
and when I do it is for UK customers.
Also do they mark the year as in England?
Yes they do. Same in Edinburgh and Dublin.
I have often wondered why in the countries where there is no
official assay system chartered by the government, that no private
assay office system has set up shop? Think along the lines of GIA. In
the UK it is touted as such a valuable consumer protection plan. I
honestly think it has more to do with culture and tradition because
other places get along just fine without it. If assay-hallmarking was
really in demand by the jewelry consumers of the world, the private
sector would find a way to supply it.