After reading the posts about chains and wire being sold as
sterling, but are merely plated, I decided to test some pearl cups
that I recently purchased which are stamped 925. I was assured they
are sterling. To my dismay, I found they are magnetic. Close
examination showed they are a thinly plated metal. The plating was so
thin, that one could scratch it off in places. Really shoddy.
I had foolishly purchased them from a person who had approached my
booth at a recent show that I was in. The receipt he gave me only has
his name scribbled on it, no address, no phone or box number.
Fortunately I did not buy anything else from him, as I make almost
all my own findings.
Usually I never buy from vendors who approach my booth, but I was in
need of pearl cups, was pressed for time, and made the purchase.
Decided that from now on I will go back to dapping out my own
sterling cups and attaching a sterling post. Then I will be sure that
they are sterling.
I am really concerned about all the chains that are being sold as
sterling but are just plate. My inventory is getting low, but even
though I will have to pay more, I will be sure to get them from a
reputable dealer suchas Rio. I will have to raise my prices, but at
least I will know that what I have is quality merchandise.