Sorry for this late respond,but I wasn’t in the position to answer
any e-mail untill today. I would like to add some about
the subject “buying silver jewelry”.
Looking for the silverstamp mark is one thing.Getting what the stamp
says is another point!!However,the jewelry should have a nice an
visible stamp if any stamping is used.If the item is silver plated
then a simple ink eraser will remove the silver plating if you rub it
on a hidden spot.
Sterling silver has a mark showing "925"or “sterling”.All other
silver may not be called “sterling silver” if a lower alloy is
used.The lowest silver alloy is “800”,all other lower alloy’s may not
be called silver as a standard in Europe.
I still hear from people that real silver doesn’t tarnish!ALL silver
will tarnish in time,the more copper in the alloy the quicker it
tarnishes.The blacking of the silver has nothing to do with anybody’s
health as people believe here in Europe.Human sweat contains sulfur
whitch will darken the silver and that is it.
Nice jewelry is made by care and love for the art and the piece
itself.So in this contents,it should look like a jewel and not like a
piece of silver made to make some money.Here are a few points to look
for: - Solder joints may not me seen. - Good quality craftsmen use
just enough solder to combine the pieces.Solder is not used to
fill a gap! - Texturing of the jewel add something nice to the
piece,but scratches and/or pits are not allowed in good
craftsmenship.I’m not talking about used or antique items. - If stones
are set,they should be set correctly,straight,careful and save. -
Prongs should be well finished.No gaps between the stone and the
prong. -The prongs are not allowed to catch anything like nylons or
silk.They should be rounded-of and firmly holding the stone. -Prongs
should be made strong enough in order to hold the stone in place.
-Clear and right names for the right stones are a must.Now,the’re too
many nicknames for stones and people should buy a pocket size booklet
about stones if they would like to deal with them.As I’ve
experienced,too many people do not know what they buy and go into
monkey bussines without knowing about it. -A 10x power loop is also a
must to have. -You can purchase the best loop on the market,but you
still need clear daylight.No bulps or artificial light but beautyful
and simple light right out of the blue sky(it’s for free!!)!!The type
of light may effect the color of the stone,that’s the whole deal
behind it. -A good jeweller takes care about his display.Some stones
get discolored by sunlight (amethyst,citrine,opals etc…),so direct
sunlight or intensive artificial light are stonekillers!!Pearls dry
out in a hot and not ventilated display !!! -My humble advice about
buying is “T A K E Y O U R T I M E”. This is the very best advice
that I can give to anybody.Do not stumble in the rush of <I want
it,whatever it costs!!>, or< I just need something nice and expensive
for my honey,but I don’t have enough time for the deal!>. -The second
best advice is … enjoy and learn from it !!
I hope that this contribution will help people before the run into
buying cheap stuff for big money.I know that fellow orchid members
may have more about this subject,but those points are the
ones where I can think of right at this moment.