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An official marking made by a trusted party, usually an assay office, on items made of precious metals

It can highlight our embodiment, a qualitative step away from the hallmark machines that work so resolutely to disembody us.

A distinguishing characteristic
To provide or stamp with a hallmark
A stamped impression on the surface of a precious metal bar that indicates the producer, serial number, weight, and purity of the metal
> A distinguishing mark on gold and silver to guarantee established standards of purity (the amount of base metal in the alloy) The name is derived from Goldsmith's Hall (hence hallmark) in London, where gold and silver were appraised and marked, in the mid-15th century Sometimes the mark of the assay office or guild appears with other marks Hallmarks are a good guide to age and authenticity but are not definitive as marks may become illegible due to wear, have been faked or added from other silver pieces See also Date Letter; Maker's Mark; Sterling Standard
- Used for both silver and pewter vessels See "Maker's Mark"
a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity
A stamped mark which is applied to items of jewellery and silverware by the Assay Offices of Britain as a guarantee of authenticity It acts as a safeguard to purchasers The mark consists of four components The sponsor (or manufacturer) mark, the standard mark which denotes the precious metal content of the item, the Assay Office Mark (London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh) and the date letter which shows the year in which the article was hallmarked
A hallmark is an official mark (or a series of marks) made in metal that indicates the fineness of the metal and the manufacturer's mark For example, a hallmark of 925 indicates 925 parts of gold per 1000 weight Other hallmarks indicate the maker of the piece and sometimes the year of manufacture In many countries (like Britain) it is illegal to hallmark metal incorrectly; some countries are notoriously lax in their enforcement of hallmark honesty
The hallmark of something or someone is their most typical quality or feature. It's a technique that has become the hallmark of Amber Films
specifically, hallmarks refers only to the punches used by an Assay Office on gold and silver items to indicate that the object meets the required standard and also to indicate where and when the object was assayed In England, from 1784-1890, a mark also indicated whether duties had been paid However, the maker's mark is also now generally included when using the term (Check out our section on hallmarks for more information)
A stamp or engraving on a piece of jewelry that certifies its manufacturer and fineness
An official mark stamped on gold and silver articles to attest to their purity
Quality identification mark required on all karat jewelry to show karat value and manufacturer I J K
a distinctive characteristic or attribute
{i} official mark or stamp ensuring that a gold or silver item meets a certain standard of quality (British); stamp indicating purity or authenticity; mark indicating good quality; identifying characteristic
A mark found on gold and silver articles, frequently indicating the maker, country of origin, date, and fineness of the metal The origin of the word hallmark dates to the later Middle Ages of England, when silversmiths were members of the Guildhall
The official stamp of the Goldsmiths' Company and other assay offices, in the United Kingdom, on gold and silver articles, attesting their purity
A stamped symbol on silver objects guaranteeing that the metal conforms to certain legal quality standards also showing place of origin
{f} stamp with a hallmark; imprint with a stamp to indicate purity or authenticity
A hallmark is an official mark put on things made of gold, silver, or platinum that indicates the quality of the metal, where the object was made, and who made it. to put a hallmark on silver, gold, or platinum. Symbol stamped on an item of silver or gold to indicate that it conforms to legal standards of purity. Hallmarking in Britain dates from 1300; no gold or silver could be sold until tested for purity and struck with the king's mark. A maker's mark was introduced in 1363; at first a symbol, such as a fish or key, it came to include or be replaced by initials. A "hallmark" was a mark made at Goldsmith's Hall, London. In the U.S., no hallmarks were initially required. In the late 18th and early 19th century, local regulations were established in New York, Boston, Baltimore, and elsewhere; makers' marks appeared and the words "coin" and "sterling" were stamped on silver objects. In 1906 the use of the words came under federal regulation. Hallmarks on gold, similar to those on silver, are also subject to federal regulation
Also used figuratively; as, a word or phrase lacks the hall-mark of the best writers
Hallmark holiday
An ostensible holiday, or, by extension, any occasion, invented or popularized for profit

Honestly, it didn't much matter to me that Marina had forgotten Mother's Day, though I did feel bad on my mother's behalf. As any parent can tell you, what hurts far more than no card on a Hallmark holiday are the casual slights, the eye rolls your child thinks you don't see, the eye rolls your child thinks you don't see, the muttered whatevers, the unasked-for-and-unwanted criticism of your clothing, your speech habits, your existence.

Stamped with a hallmark
Simple past tense and past participle of hallmark
{s} imprinted with a stamp that indicates purity or authenticity
plural of hallmark