A friend of mine who is a master bead maker in glass, wanted some
end/ bead caps in silver.
Her friend was going to Thailand (can you guess the rest?)
An original piece was sent to copy.
Back came the order a $100 worth of pieces, not like the original,
no fineness mark either.
When she went to bend one of the Thai pieces it delaminated.
I louped this piece and it looks like 2 layers.1mm thick were coming
There was a copper colour between the layers.
The outside surface looks like fine silver.
I think it may be a low grade silver alloy that has been scratch
it is either silver filled material, or plated. more likely plating
is so thin you wouldn't see it delaminate. While silver filled- badly
made- is a layer of sterling or fine silver clad over a core of a
base metal, usually brass, sometimes copper. when sliced in cross
section you could test for the base metal easily, there should have
been a fineness stamp somewhere on the pieces or on the invoice.
Sounds like, and this is purely speculation, some bad silver -filled
material. Fine silver (.999) is whiter than sterling. hope this gives
you something to go by. rer
... plating is so thin you wouldn't see it delaminate.
I have had rhodium plated over brass (after a nickel pre-plate?)
which peeled off. It was really thick (for a plating) and apparently
not properly bonded. Janet in Jerusalem