I am wondering if it is dishonest to stamp a piece as a lower purity than it actually is, and whether or not you could still describe it as the real purity. Let me explain what I mean.
Say I make a piece from fine silver, I need to solder some the joints rather than fuse them. The purity drops below the tolerance of 6 parts per thousand and I stamp it .925 despite it being constructed from .999 silver. Then I explain to the customer that it is .999 silver that is soldered. Would I be allowed to describe it as fine silver even if I am legally required to call it sterling?
If I don’t tell them that it’s fine silver and they go about thinking it’s sterling would it be dishonest because fine silver is softer despite the fact I’ve just sold them a higher purity metal?
Interested in hearing your thoughts…