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06-10-2015 04:36 PM
The purity standards of silver such as 925 is an internation standard established in the early 1800's (not a U.S. standard) and the counterfeiting is illegal everywhere. No one cares enough to fix the problem which is mostly from china where they been selling junk of all types: poisioned foods, lead in childrens toys and faulty tire for example. The U.S. owes them too much money so it's a fine to kill us and rip us off. They have started producing counterfeit jewelry with what they call white brass which is mixed with a high zinc content for color and it's not manetic. When in dought, don't buy anything made in china.
04-28-2015 11:09 AM
04-13-2015 08:26 PM
I have told Ebay , Numerous Sellers from other countrys are doing this all the time, and Ebays Does Nothing to them.. Fake Silver is Wrong , just because their country has no Laws on the Metals and there Purity , does not give them the right to sell it in USA , where we do have Standards and Laws against it
03-04-2015 10:18 PM
Thank you for this information. You are right. We should keep reporting the seller are not honest. Recently I reported the seller because the item is not pure sterling and also most of the diamonds are fake, the ones are not fake very low quality. But he is threathing me, harrasing me. It is awful the way he is attacking me. I did not answer. I am going to report him. We do not have to go throught this. I do not think that he is going to refund my money.
02-21-2015 03:04 PM
I have had sterling from other countries that is not sterling. The lady wondered how eBay could endorse this. Ebay doesn't know about these fake sellers unless we tell them. I repeatedly turned sellers in who told me the jewelry was sterling and all that was sterling was the findings. Eventually the sellers I complained about no longer sell on eBay. Now there are some new sellers doing the same bad thing. Always notify eBay if you have concerns. If they get enough emails about the same company they will surely investigate.
05-30-2014 08:08 PM
"Nickle is Magnetic?"
Yes!! At room temperature even. Here is a link to the "Nickle Institute":
It is absolutely important to take all posts with a little "That might not be true" as the person who said it was not obviously lied, either unknowingly, or with intent. Make sure you double check all claims yourself out on that big old internet. "Is Nickle Magnetic" will bring you to people who know the truth: Yes, very.
04-25-2014 05:41 AM
This may sound like a stupid question. However I have an item that does NOT attract a magnet, I had someone do an acid test streak test , I do not know what acid used, the item is over 50 years old, and I saw the streak on his stone turn bright blue ? He said it is heavy silver content, but did not know what percent. It is a hefty item.
Why did it not turn red?
04-15-2014 09:31 PM
03-20-2014 04:42 AM
As far as the clasps sticking to the magnet, it is not necessarily because the clasp is fake. The clasps have springs in them and the springs are made of metal so the spring in the clasp will attract the magnet.
02-09-2014 07:58 AM
I know the feeling I am going through the same thing, I have pieces that are clearly marked sterling but the magnet sticks to it, and some that are not markd but tested sterling and do not stick to it, I am as well totally confused, thanks for your thouhgts on this, I dont feel so bad,
02-04-2014 05:04 PM
01-28-2014 12:09 AM
12-29-2013 10:33 AM
I have a Pandora leather bracelet with (supposedly) sterling silver barrel clasp. The clasp shows some attraction to a magnet. Does that mean that I have a fake Pandora or is that normal? Thanks for any info!
Your clasp is most likely fine. The reason your clasp is attracted to the magnet is because there is often a tiny steel spring inside the clasp that accounts for the magnetic attraction, even though the rest of the clasp is sterling silver. This is also very common with gold clasps on the end of gold chains. Some of them will also attract to a magnet because of the tiny steel spring inside them. I've taken apart enough of them to see these tiny steel pieces in them which are often necessary to make the clasp function properly.
12-29-2013 08:07 AM
The magnet test is a terrible, and inaccurate way to test for sterling silver.Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by
mass of other metals, usually copper.Any of these other metals could attract a magnet.