Just exactly what is Bali silver? I just came back from this
weekend’s International Gem Show (Marlboro MA), and again, I’m
confused about the silver beads and findings currently on offer.
Sterling silver (“bright” or “white”) looks like pickled polished
sterling. But a lot of this “Bali” stuff is much darker even though
highly polished, and if you look at it closely, the dark stuff in
the crevices is NOT polishing compound or patination - it chips off
like some kind of lacquer. And all of a sudden this stuff is .30 -
.35/gram, rather than the .60 - .80 it was recently. WHAT is this?
Is it a different alloy? Non-silver? Plated? Does anybody out
there know what I mean??
Help, please - I’m going back tomorrow and I need findings!
Tas <-- grumpy, because she used to know EVERYthing