- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Just a heads up to the bees here. I’ve seen quite a few comments advising ppl they can verify their rings metal by checking the hallmark stamp. This used to be true but thanks to the Chinese manufacturers the US is being flooded with fake metals stamped -92.5, 14K, 18k, and PT950
These are recognized as metal purity marks here, but they mean nothing in China. In fact the Chinese seemed to think marking any silver colored metal 92.5 (mark for sterlng) seemed to help sales – so they stamped every silver hues metal with it. They are doing the same with goldand Platnium too.
See the link here for one of thousands of examples
They even brag that it’s plated but that it’s marked PT950 (which is supposedtoo indicreal solid platinum)
The problem is these rings are being bought by disreputable eBay/esty sellers – even so-called jewelers – and being passed off as real. I would say the risk is far higher online and fly by night “jewelry trunk show” type dealers.
Just a warning to be careful and don’t assume a mark verifies anything 100%