THE Birmingham Assay Office is launching a new one-day course, Buying Scrap Gold and Silver, on January.
Designed for anyone wanting to buy scrap gold and silver from the public, it covers basic standards to establish trust and best practice, followed by a comprehensive overview of interpreting UK and foreign hallmarks and fineness marks and testing by touch acid and by XRF(X Ray Fluorescence Technique). The day also includes a visit to the hallmarking and melting areas within the Assay Office.
Delegates will also conduct an overview of the Hallmarking Act and will be shown how to recognise and understand hallmarks (including a hands-on session looking at hallmarks and identifying them). And they will learn how to determine different carats of gold and silver materials using touch acid solutions, how to analyse gold, silver, platinum and palladium using XRF and will also explore the melting and fire assay process.
Attendees on the course will benefit from the expertise of its tutors, who are both Assay Office staff.
For further information call 0871 871 6020 or visit www.theassayoffice.co.uk