Assay Office launches one-day course to tackle fakes

Assay Office Birmingham’s Anchorcert Academy is launching a programme of new courses for 2016 including one focusing on how to spot fake watches.

The course, to be led by one of Fellows Auctioneers’ watch specialists and part of the new ‘Exposed’ programme of practical educational lessons, will offer first-hand experience of the ‘current trends in counterfeiting, customising and hybrid watches’.

Marion Wilson, AnchorCert Academy director, said: “AnchorCert Academy is committed to delivering relevant, topical, one-day courses to help our industry colleagues improve the profitability of their business while delivering the best possible service.

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“These new courses address areas that staff may be apprehensive about; we have brought in excellent industry experts to explain and demonstrate the issues clearly and will give delegates much more confidence in their understanding of the product they are selling.”

The course is sure to offer expert advice on the latest techniques being employed by watch counterfeiters as well as how to handle after-market customised watches and possible hybrid – or Frankenwatches – where components from a multitude of sources are used to restore a vintage watch or even create a watch purporting to be something it is not.

The new Exposed range of courses has been designed to ‘tackle big industry challenges while meeting the needs of delegates working within jewellery and watch retail, sales and appraisals.’ Also featuring on the programme are courses dealing with diamond simulants, synthetics and treatments, coloured gemstones and treatments.

The next one-day Understanding Watches course will be held in Birmingham on February 11th. Anchorcert Academy will be exhibiting at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham next week, located in Hall 17 on stand P50.

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