A young lady who supplies my shop (Seabreeze Silver in Pt Eliott,
South Australia) has brought me some delightful cast earrings. She
has supplied them before and I always thought they were hollow
constructions due to the light weight (OK yes… I should have asked
first off). She says she has them cast locally (by a well known
local firm) and was assured that they were sterling silver but a
"bright finish (oxide resistant)" sterling and they are solid pieces.
Phoned the company who she says did the casting and they gave me
density figures. Normal sterling 925 is 10.36 and this Oxide
Resistant sterling that they use if requested (they say) is 10.30.
OK it’s a little lighter but definitely not that much lighter.
I weighed her supposely solid pieces against some items of similar
volume and find that these supposedly solid sterling objects weight
half (or less than half) the weight of similar volume sterling
objects that I have in stock. They also have traces of firescale
which she says she cannot get rid of (depletion guilding did not
Can anyone out there tell me what might be going on here. I’m very
skeptical about these pieces being sterling, considering the very
light weight and the very bright silvery (with patches of firescaley
I have told the company that supposedly did the casting that I will
send them a pair of these earrings so they may explain what the
actual material is. They are as interested as I am (it seems) in
indentifying the metal.
Being new in the business of selling other people’s handmade objects,
and wishing to develop a reputation for fine, handcrafted, sterling
silver jewellery, I am very keen to keep up my reputation. This weird
situation has got me very determined to find out what this metal
Thanks, in anticipation of getting some answers from equally
dedicated silver workers out there.