If you're a jewellery fan, you may have heard about the government's plans to abolish British hallmarking. We would like to know what you think and to encourage you to leave feedback on the Red Tape Challenge site.
The key facts
All gold, silver, platinum and palladium items sold in the UK currently must be hallmarked (unless they are very lightweight) regardless of where they are made.
Hallmarking has survived for over 700 years. With 85% of jewellery sold in the UK now being imported from countries where hallmarking isn't enforced, it's more important to have a strong hallmarking policy in the UK to protect us from counterfeiting.
It can also help to protect our gold jewellery. In some countries it's accepted that gold jewellery may not contain quite as much fine gold as it claims to. Without a hallmarking system in place, no one would know that a gold item is under carat.
Let us know what you think about hallmarking and leave your feedback here on the Red Tape Challenge site.