Gold plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal by either chemical reaction or electrochemical plating. It is a much more affordable way of obtaining the look and feel of solid gold, but without the hefty price tag! All gold plated Roderick Vere items are plated with 2 microns (1 micron = 0.001 mm) of hardened 24 karat pure yellow gold for durability and finish.
A ’hallmark’ is a series of marks applied to articles of the precious metals platinum, gold, palladium and silver. It is your way of telling that an item has been independently tested and guarantees that it conforms to all legal standards of purity (fineness). Hallmarking is a legal requirement for all items containing 7.78g or more of silver or 1g or more of gold (although items below these weights may be hallmarked as well).
The Roderick Vere maker's mark (also known as sponsor's mark) is registered at the assay office at Goldsmith's Hall in London - the first recorded place in the world to carry out assaying (testing) and hallmarking of precious metals over 700 years ago. All of Roderick Vere’s hallmarked pieces carry marks similar to those shown below:
(From left to right: the Roderick Vere 'RV' sponsor's mark, the traditional fineness mark, the millesimal fineness mark for silver, the London assay office leopard's head and the date letter).
For more info on hallmarking and the hallmarking process, take a look at the video below from the Assay Office of London or click on any of the marks above to take you to their website.