Huge demand for low-cost white precious metal jewellery has seen a rush to hallmark thousands of palladium items since the precious metal was made "official" last month.
Nearly 5,000 articles were hallmarked by the four UK Assay Offices in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Sheffield in the first nine days after a change in the law created the palladium hallmark on July 22.
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4 million from selling jewellery with false hallmarks to High Street stores, a court heard.
Philip Parker QC, prosecuting, said: 'The system of hallmarks has been going on for some time, since around 1300.
Precious metals should keep their hallmarks
and not be replaced with a European directive say the public.
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