I just bought a bracelet on eBay that was listed as sterling silver. When I got it, I thought, no, this isn’t sterling silver…….I’m not an expert but I wear it all the time and this looked funny. I looked for hallmarks and there was a stamp that said “925″ which I know is supposed to mean sterling silver.
Well just for my own peace of mind, I took it to a jeweler who is a really nice man – he said right away, No, but did the acid test and it was not silver of any kind, let alone sterling silver.
Then once I got looking at the bracelet, it didn’t look Native American made – it looked like a wannabe.
Do you know about this?
Oh yeah. I know about this. Native American designs and hallmarks are copied every day over in Asia and passed off as NA made. It is disgusting.
Fake Chinese sterling jewelry and holloware is a growing problem on eBay and rapidly spreading throughout the world. Marketed as sterling or 925, this merchandise is actually PLATED BASE METAL, as illustrated by its unusually low pricing and free shipping.
The sterling or 925 quality mark that is stamped directly on the object or attached as a tag indicates that the entire piece is sterling, even if the seller says it’s plated. If you intend on buying these plated Chinese pieces with this quality mark, it MUST be removed to make it a legitimate plated piece. The law in the United States says that if a piece is marked or has an attached tag that says “sterling” or “925,” it must be SOLID sterling.
In the article I quote above, there are instructions on how to report this fraudulent marketing.
It is best to purchase from reputable dealers. If you are suspicious of a piece, have it acid tested at a jewelers.
Authentic Sterling Silver and Turquoise Bracelet by Navajo Tommy Moore