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News from January 2013

PROVING THAT A "PEARL" IS NOT A PEARL?

  AnchorCert’s expertise was put to the test recently when a batch of ‘freshwater cultured pearls’ arrived for verification. Natural pearls are now extremely rare and freshwater cultured pearls have become a popular alternative. Freshwater cultured pearls are produced by inserting a tiny piece of tissue into the mantle of a living mollusc to stimulate the natural growth of a “cultured pearl” whereas imitation pearls are entirely artificial. There is obviously a huge difference in p…

By admin | Jan 31st, 2013
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ANCHORCERT SERVICES IN DEMAND

    AnchorCert gemmologists have been kept busy this year as the demand for their knowledge and secialist services increases. As the only fully equipped gemmological laboratory in the UK, AnchorCert is first port of call for many customers seeking authentication of diamonds, gemstones and pearls. Jewellers may be seeking an individual certificate to validate the quality of the stone at point of sale, or it may be a quality assurance check to ensure that the goods supplied are what t…

By admin | Jan 31st, 2013
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WIN CHOCOLATES AND WINE FOR YOUR OWN VALENTINE

With just 3 days to go until the start of The Jewellery Show, preperations are all but complete, the van is about to be packed and staff training took place today. Do make sure to come along and quiz the team about the latest services available from The Birmingham Assay Office, AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory, SacfeGuard Jewellery Valuations Service and The Laboratory at The Birmingham Assay Office. If you need help on the new Reach Regulations then our stand in HALL 18, STAND…

By admin | Jan 30th, 2013
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CHROMIUM VI REACH RESTRICTIONS IMMINENT

  The substance Chromium VI gained notoriety in the film Erin Brokovich for causing health problems near a tannery and rightly so with this carcinogen. Around 80% of the world’s leather production is tanned with chromium salts which enable the finished leather to be suitable for a range of end use products. During leather tanning chromium III is used to give a highly versatile leather suited to most industries and if the tanning processes are carried out correctly the leather …

By admin | Jan 29th, 2013
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