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REACH FOR THE GLASS

New regulations come into force this year, controlling lead content in jewellery and other items; but some materials are considered exempt, such as crystal glass, for which Dippal Manchanda of the Birmingham Assay Office has developed a test. The new ‘crystal glass’ test has been developed specifically in response to customer demand as manufacturers and importers prepare for the forthcoming restrictions on the use of lead in jewellery products under the European REACH (Restric…

By admin | Jul 10th, 2013
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UNDERSTANDING PRODUCT SAFETY FOR FASHION ACCESSORIES

    The course began with an invaluable overview of the current market for precious and non precious metals and accessories before focusing on Nickel, Lead and Cadmium, including why each metal is harmful and the current testing regulations.   The course also covered the range of testing available at The Laboratory at The Birmingham Assay Office, how to request tests and how to complete specific test forms.    The course was delivered by industry expert…

By admin | Jun 27th, 2013
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LEAD CONTENT REGULATED FROM 9 OCTOBER 2013

Crystal glass, precious and semi-precious stones are exempt, as any lead present is unlikely to migrate and cause any harm.  However, if the stones are treated with lead or its compounds they will need to comply.  This impacts on watches and beads and The Laboratory has been inundated with enquiries as to what is meant by “Crystal glass”.  Officially “Crystal glass" is defined as glass which contains lead, barium, zinc or potash combined or alone, of at least 10% b…

By admin | May 8th, 2013
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COSTUME JEWELLERY REVIEW 2013 - OPTIMISM & OPPORTUNITY

Michael Allchin, Chief Executive & Assay Master, gave a presentation entitled ‘OPPORTUNITY & OPTIMISM’  which helped put last years trading into perspective for the industry and looked at future trends. The new Reach & ROHS 2 Regulations were also discussed in depth which helped flag up other issues that could affect the UK jewellery and fashion accessories sectors. [caption id="attachment_4702" align="aligncenter" width="431"] Michael Revealed w…

By admin | Mar 1st, 2013
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