I make ear wires from sterling wire. Recently I used some as the
inlay round wire in a half round wire ring I twisted to make it
spiral and then twisted the round into the spiral etc. This is a very
old design and I have made hundreds. The round wire did not oxidise
when annealing and softened very little. It looks like sterling,
solders like sterling, polishes like sterling. The wire came from a
reputable supplier could they have sent me Argentium? I will send
some to get XRFed. Any Ideas what this alloy is? Also the stock of
this I made into ear wires hardly tarnishes at all. Had no complaints
about allergic reactions from customers.
On another point genuine Alexandrites are coming onto the market in
small quantities. Decades ago they were very rare and very very
expensive $15000 for a quarter carat stone. Today $2000 a carat. Are
the Russians releasing from a stockpile or have more been found.
These are the real stones green to red under candle light, however,
there are a lot of colour change CZ stones amethyst in colour being
sold as the real thing. I have been show a number of these over the
years by people who invested in them. I don’t tell them what they
really have, I don’t wont to break their hearts. Being told your very
expensive stone is only worth a few dollars is not a reaction I wont
to deal with. What do you high end jewellers say to customers, when
customers show you a stone that is not what it is supposed to be?