|Many people believe that sterling silver or 925 jewelry must have a stamp of 925 on the ring. This is not entirely true. It is true if the sterling silver jewelry is imported into the United States. If sterling silver or 925 jewelry is manufactured in the United States, it is not required to be marked 925 on the ring. This is according to The National Gold and Silver Marketing Act. It states, "It does not require precious metals to be marked with quality. However, if a quality mark is used, the mark must be accompanied by a manufacturer's hallmark that is a registered trademark or the name of the manufacturer." If there is ever a question about the content of the piece of jewelry, the manufacturer can be traced using the hallmark stamped on the piece. This is very important when purchasing gold since it is so expensive and the value is determined by the karat.
There are many reasons why sterling silver jewelry is not marked. A trademark is very expensive to have and maintain. Local jewelry artisans and Native American artisans rarely trademark their work. Some of the designs and thickness of the wire do not allow for a stamp.
It is easy to test sterling silver to see if it is authentic. A testing kit with nitric acid will show whether it is real sterling silver or not. Any jeweler can test the silver for you. They have the equipment to test it especially if they are buying gold and silver from the public.
Gems of Gold sells sterling silver jewelry that is made in California and Utah. The artisans do not mark their jewelry although their products are authentic. Information regarding the US laws can be viewed at the Federal Trade Commission website. Here is the link to it: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/guides/jewel-gd.htm
Please contact us at Gems of Gold if you should have any questions or concerns about our products. We stand behind them and offer 100% satisfaction.