some months earlier someone said that if i have a sterling brooch
with a nickel silver pin stem, i just stamp the brooch sterling.
there was no reply from anyone about that. i have hesitated to use
the sturdier nickel silver even though i knew it would hold up
better. is this true? i have soldered the pin stem permanently to
the silver brooch.
Jean, the Stamping Act does take these type of findings and
mechanical mountings into consideration. In the case you mention yes,
you can use a nickel silver pin stem. Read the Guides they are not
that hard to understand (http://ftc.gov/bcp/guides/jewel-gd.shtm)
they are written to try to make the more obscure language of the
Stamping Act understandable to someone in the industry. The text from
the FTC Guides for Silver exemptions is listed below.
© Exemptions recognized in the industry and not to be considered
in any assay for quality of a silver industry product include screws,
rivets, springs, spring pins for wrist watch straps; posts and
separable backs of lapel buttons; wire pegs, posts, and nuts used
for applying mountings or other ornaments, which mountings or
ornaments shall be of the quality marked; pin stems (e.g., of badges,
brooches, emblem pins, hat pins, and scarf pins, etc.); levers for
belt buckles; blades and skeletons of pocket knives; field pieces and
bezels for lockets; bracelet and necklace snap tongues; any other
joints, catches, or screws; and metallic parts completely and
permanently encased in a nonmetallic covering.
James Binnion Metal Arts