Gerry - About the scale thing - I have often wondered if the scales
people use at these fairs are calibrated in any way - I have never
seen any mark or certification sticker on any of them, either for
gems or precious metal / high karat gold items.
Are you saying that the dealers do have them certified? Does each
dealer get all of their scales examined? Sometimes a dealer has
several booths, and therefore several scales. It would help if there
were some way of showing that the scales have been examined
(certificate from the state, etc.)
I wondered enough to go out and buy myself a portable scale (not for
carets tho) and now I weigh things myself too. Never had it come up
different - but I've only done it once so far...
thanks - Ivy