We retail and take part in shows and now import jewelry from Thailand
India and often from Italy, mainly we are into high quality sterling
silver jewelry with comteporary designs.
We were at the Bangkok Jewelry show, there were hundreds of Silver
Manufacturers/Traders selling for wholesale with a wide variety of
We often have difficulty in spotting/differentiating the right
finishing or the right polish or the right stone setting!
Can some one help me in seperating the following finishing on
sterling silver peices
(1) Peices with Rhodium plating
(2) Peices with .999 silver coating
(3) Peices with anti tarnish coating on silver plating
How can one consider the polish/finising done is perfect and not
overpolished or little underpolished?
Is there a definite color difference for rhodium plated/non rhodium
plated/ silver plated on sterling silver ? It is often difficult to
find out the kind of coating/plating done on sterling silver.
Are there any websites or links, where one can learn to differentiate
from the final finishing?
Also are there any websites where there are photographs or articles
from where one can find out flaws in stone setting (Bezel, Pave,
Channel, Prong) for Sterling Silver Jewelry?
Are there any more criterias to be judged from the peices displayed
apart from stone setting, finishing, polishing, porosity level, over
all balance in shape? How should the links in the bracelets be?
specifically the ones joining the stones in between? How should the
notch in the earrings be?!
It surely takes lot of experience in making out which are the perfect
or atleast correct peices that could be purchased for resale!
Emily & Adler