Wednesday, April 14, 2010
CHINESE SILVER, WHAT’S IN IT?
Warning. New silver colored beads are being sold under the name Chinese silver. That name always meant solid silver made in China. The new beads are, according to the vendor, 30% silver plus copper, rhodium, and nickel no lead. Jeffrey Herman, Director of the Society of American Silversmiths says the plating will rub off and customers will complain. It may turn the public off silver entirely. Anyone with more information about this? We know the Chinese make many copies of old silver pieces so this can be a problem for collectors.