Perhaps the disagreement hinges on which definition is being cited.
FTC regs require that items labeled silver, sterling silver or 925
be at least 92.5% silver. The FTC does not state that the balance
must be copper and nothing else. Follow the links for the verbatim-
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/products/indianart.pdf This is of
course a legal definition, and one specific to the US.
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