<snip> --- but I made the actual pin, the stabby part that goes
through your shirt, out of spring hardened steel. <snip> . . .
Still, I stamped the pc "Sterling." I was wrong?!? Like I said, my
mind is completely blown. The Spring hardened Steel is the only
metal that made the pin function as a pin.
I don’t think you should worry.
This is from the April 2001 revision of the Federal Trade
Commission’s “Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter
© 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.
The exemptions listed are similar for items made of gold as well as
for silver in combination with gold. These exemptions are not listed
in the table of contents but appear in the Guide’s appendix.
The complete text can be found at this URL: