Thursday, October 13, 2011

Buyer Beware

I have wanted to write this educational post for a few weeks. Lately, friends have been offering me jewelry pieces that are thought to be sterling.  Even the piece below, which was identified as a knock-off, was still thought to be sterling. It is not. But, you say, it is stamped .925--it must be sterling! The truth is, .925 can be stamped on anything and some countries exert no control or penalties for misuse of quality standards.  One writer stated that their experience in buying beads from one of these countries included being told that beads stamped with .925 were cheaper than those without the stamp proving the demand for fakes is large.

Tiffany Knock Off Sold On Internet

"Silver" Chain Before and After Use of Torch
A link from the fake chain in the top picture was melted with an acetylene torch and it immediately turned a bright brassy color as it melted quickly. The problem with imports is explained in detail in the article linked here:

It seems important to understand the misuse of the quality mark since precious metals now sell at record highs. It gives you one more bit of information with which you can educate your friends and customers. I hope this is helpful to you.


  1. Marcia,
    This is a very informative article and I think you will help many people with it. Talk about making lemonade from a lemon. It is so important to be educated before spending hard earned money for jewelry!

    It takes audacity to make a fake. To falsely mark an item as sterling with the "925" stamp takes it to another level we all need to be aware of.

    Thanks for not only making fine jewelry but being willing to take the time and effort to write a piece that allows the consumer to make wise chooses. Now I can say buyer aware as well as buyer beware!

  2. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate knowing this was valuable to you. I was really offended to realize that this was happening and I was sorry my friend was taken advantage of. Thanks, again!

  3. Hi again, I love that bat!