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Birmingham Hosts Standards & Security Seminar for Local Trade

May 2, 2012 3:49 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The British Jewellers’ Association (BJA), Birmingham Assay Office, Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police held a joint seminar highlighting issues related to security, hallmarking and trading in second-hand jewelry to benefit the local Asian retail community.

“We were all extremely pleased by the high turnout and very positive feedback we received,” said Simon Rainer, the chief executive of the BJA. “Already we are receiving interest from other areas of the U.K. to hold similar seminars.”

There have been important trade issues the industry partners felt the need to address given a rise in the number of trading standards offenses along with attacks against property and people in the community. Michael Allchin, the assay master at the Birmingham Assay Office, highlighted the legal requirements for the correct hallmarking of gold jewelry, in particular the issues relating to 22-karat gold.

“Recent trading standards initiatives have exposed an element of rogue traders who are selling jewelry that is not hallmarked and is not always 22-karat gold,'' Allchin said. ''It’s important for the bona fide traders and their customers to ensure their jewelry is hallmarked, which will in turn drive out the businesses which are not playing by the rules.''

West Midlands Police identified sources for the community to use in effort  to improve their security. Additionally, the seminar partners launched the ''Gold Standard,'' which is a new industry-wide initiative to set common standards for purchasing second-hand gold over the counter. The new standard is primarily aimed at helping police track and recover stolen jewelry.

“The seminar gave us a great opportunity to explain how the jewelry trade can use a common code of conduct to professionally trade in second-hand jewelry and reducing the risk of facing prosecution for handling stolen goods,” said Rainer. “It will also provide consumers with the added incentive to sell their jewelry in confidence with outlets displaying the Gold Standard mark.”

Listen to an interview podcast from BBC Asian radio, featuring Rainer and Allchin discussing gold theft and how it is affecting Asian communities.


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