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What does IST stand for on a hollow looking chain?


#1

Hi there, one of my daughter’s little friend broke her chain
bracelet in our house yesterday. I took a look at it, thinking that
maybe it was stainless steel or perhaps silver, and saw that it
bears the stamp 14K with IST underneath it (on a separate disk). Two
links appear to have snapped. When I looked more closely, the open
ends looked very dark and I realized that they seem to be hollow
(and very dark on the inside). I did some browsing, looking for info
on IST but kept pulling up German text ratherthan an explanation of
that stamp. Thanks so much! Ros


#2
one of my daughter's little friend broke her chain bracelet in our
house yesterday. I took a look at it, thinking that maybe it was
stainless steel or perhaps silver, and saw that it bears the stamp
14K with IST underneath it (on a separate disk). Two links appear
to have snapped. When I looked more closely, the open ends looked
very dark and I realized that they seem to be hollow (and very dark
on the inside). I did some browsing, looking for info on IST but
kept pulling up German text ratherthan an explanation of that
stamp. 

The spanish have a stamp that reads primero plata for silver plated
items. This is often shortened to 1st plata. So, basically I read
you mark as being for a plated item. Nick Royall


#3

Thanks Nick! That helps a lot and would make sense, given the
appearanceof the chain (looks slightly worn/darker metal where the
links rub against each other). I am not sure that they will be able
to get it repaired (easily). Cheers Ros


#4
That helps a lot and would make sense, given the appearance of the
chain (looks slightly worn/darker metal where the links rub against
each other). I am not sure that they will be able to get it
repaired (easily). 

How about just replacing the one or two links with silver?