Yes, the annoying US stamping law has reared its ugly head again,
and is making me nuts. I’ve gone through the Orchid archives and my
answer isn’t there. I’ve also emailed extensively with some
government drone, and the “official” response is at the end of this
email. I’d love to hear how this line should be stamped in the UK,
I’m trying to decide how (or how not) to stamp my work. My line is
comprised of .999 platinum gauze and wire, and 24kt gold. There is
no other metal or solder, just the two “pure” metals, fused, welded,
and cold connected. How would you stamp this line?
Logic tell me to stamp it, in the same area where I sign it, “.999Pt
24kt”. However, I’m told this is illegal, unless the piece is
essentially two parts, such as a platinum item with a gold dangle.
In that case, I’ve been told to stamp each part appropriately.
Since the platinum and gold are not separate, the “official” answer
to my stamping question is that I may either determine the total
gold content, and stamp 14kt or 10kt if I can meet those karating
levels, I may stamp “goldfill”, or I may leave the work unstamped.
(On a bright note, the government apparently has no problem with me
hand-signing work, instead of using a registered mark.)
Needless to say, I’m NOT going to stamp 14kt, 10kt, or goldfill.
Legally, my only choice seems to be not stamping at all. Anyone have
any opinions or suggestions?
Karen Hemmerle Boulder, CO