Updated January 05, 2019 13:40:59 “You can tell by looking at it what colour it is,” said Ms Stowell, who started her apprenticeship at a jewellery shop in Perth in 2003.
“I’d say one or two per cent of the time I’d see a piece of jewellery engraved with something like ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Happy 50th Birthday’, something like that,” Ms Stowles said. “
There were three rings with this stamp on them and we noticed the word ‘happy birthday’.” She said she also spotted engravers marking dates on items.
“I’d say one or two per cent of the time I’d see a piece of jewellery engraved with something like ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Happy 50th Birthday’, something like that,” Ms Stowles said.
“The number one thing I’ve found is if you’re not very good at identifying the stamp, you’re probably not going to get the ring back.”
Ms Stowe said she was also concerned about the safety of the work.
“What happens if the person dies?” she said.
‘This is not a bad day’ After Ms Stoyles’ visit, a few more shops around the city had reported seeing the same markings.
“They were really surprised by it and were quite concerned that it might have been the work of a burglar,” she said, adding that it was common for jewellery shops to use the same stamp to mark different items.
Ms Stoors said she thought the police should be involved, as “we need to know that someone has been working on a piece that was of great value”.
She said if it was a “bad day” for her shop, “then I would have thought that the owner of the shop should have been killed.”
Ms Soweray said it was important to “be vigilant and be careful with the work”.
“It’s a very dangerous job and it’s a really important part of jewellerry and the jewellery business, so it’s not good to let it happen,” she told ABC Radio Perth.
“If you’ve got to do it, be responsible, be very careful.”
Ms Taggart said she had not heard about any deaths, but she did not believe it was an isolated incident.
“There’s no doubt there’s been a few cases of people being hit by a hammer,” she explained.
“So it’s really important to be careful and have a safety net in place.”
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said it could not comment on specific cases, but it did provide figures on the number of incidents in 2017.
“Engraving metalwork is not considered an inherently dangerous activity by the ABS, although it is a potentially dangerous occupation,” the ABS said in a statement.