Chairman’s role for hallmarker

Catchline: HALLEB'Christopher Jewitt, born in Sheffield, is appointed to the British Hallmarking Council.
Catchline: HALLEB'Christopher Jewitt, born in Sheffield, is appointed to the British Hallmarking Council.
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PROTECTING precious metals has paid off for a Sheffield man who has been appointed to a top hallmarking role.

Christopher Jewitt, aged 52, was chairman of the Sheffield Assay Office, which has assessed the precious metal content of items for 238 years.

He has now been appointed chairman of the organisation’s governing body, the British Hallmarking Council, to oversee the ancient consumer protection of hallmarking across the UK.

Mr Jewitt has also served as Master Cutler of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire and a deputy lieutenant for South Yorkshire.

He said: “It is a great honour to take up this position.

“The UK is one of only a handful of countries that has such a rigorous hallmarking system and it is one envied by many other countries.”

Chris Heaton is the new Sheffield Assay Office chairman.

Ashley Carson, city assay master, said: “We’re proud a former chairman of the Sheffield Assay Office is now overseeing the British Hallmarking Council.”