I was very psyched to see your exerpt of the FTC regulations.
Then I checked the URL and I'm not finding pin stems and catches in
the list of exemptions for karat gold; I do see them in the list of
exemptions for gold filled and platinum in addition to silver. Am I
just not seeing them in the list or does the FTC think gold is hard
The short answers: Pin stems and catches are not exempted for karat
gold alloy items. Gold alloys are considered strong enough for such
In the revised jewelry guides, exemptions to assay for gold alloy
items were expanded to include:
metallic parts completely and permanently encased in a nonmetallic
covering and field pieces and bezels for lockets;
The background and in-depth discussions leading to the revisions
offer better understanding of the regulations and why changes were
made. For instance, you'll find that the "permanently encased"
metallic parts named above are pearl pegs.
Right now I'm unable to access the server for the PDF file so can't
give you the specific URL but The Federal Register Notice of these
proceedings can be found by going through:
On the first screen, you should see this listing: Federal Register
FTC Revises Guides for Jewelry, Precious Metals and Pewter Industries
If you choose the PDF file, see section 8. on (page?) 27194
The text file is more difficult to navigate. Both take a long time to