|"Rotayti" Ring---See the glass bubbles?|
Sadly, there are SO many Ebay sellers who offer fake gemstones set in "925 Sterling Silver plated" metal, and SO many eager buyers who must have no idea what they're buying.
|TERRIBLE Fake Rutile Quartz -- Glass!|
I can write about it and HOPEFULLY enlighten people about this.
|Close up showing glass bubbles and...confetti??|
|"Rotayti" On Etsy...??|
|"Rotayti" Pendant on Ebay|
And I looked at Ebay and there it was----an Ebay seller from India offering many of the same items as the Etsy seller. The India seller has "Rotayti", plus "emerald" necklaces, "sapphire" pendants, "ruby" rings, etc., all set in "925 sterling silver plated" metal. Yet the Etsy seller claims her items are "925 sterling silver" -- no mention of anything being plated!!
|Supposed Lapis Lazuli|
|Close-up of supposed "Lapis" - NOT!|
Fake Emeralds, Rubies, and Sapphires
|Dyed Sillimanite, NOT Emerald|
|Dyed Sillimanite, NOT Emeralds, NOT Sterling--$5.99 on Ebay!!!!|
Many Ebay sellers from India are offering "emerald" necklaces set in plated metal. Some Etsy sellers are obviously buying these and reselling them as "emeralds" set in "sterling Silver". They are NEITHER emeralds nor sterling silver.
|Etsy "Emerald" Necklace---Terrible Metalwork (Not Sterling)|
There are SO many Ebay sellers offering the same jewelry. To name a few, there is divine_sutra, jewel-city (operating out of the UK), guneestore09 and victorianjewels_us.
There are MANY more Ebay sellers with this same faux gemstone jewelry, but that's just a sampling. All are set in silver plated mystery metals, with dyed stones as well as glass and other faux gems. Is it possible that SOME of their gemstones are real? Well, it's hard to say but if I KNOW that some are fake, who could trust that seller with anything else they sell?!
Their jewelry is very inexpensive! Most is somewhere under $5, with "emerald necklaces" going for about $6!! Great prices, but know that you're NOT getting emeralds or sapphires or rubies despite what they say!
What Is "Sterling Silver Plated"?
There is NO SUCH THING. By LAW, if an item is marked "925" or described using the term "Sterling Silver", it must be SOLID Sterling Silver. The "925" indicates that it's 92.5% silver, and 7.5% alloy (usually copper).
If a metal is silver PLATED, it is dipped in silver, or "flashed" with silver. It is NOT "sterling silver" plated EVER.
Why Call Something "Sterling Silver Plated" Then?
One word: fraud. Sellers will try to fool buyers who see the term "sterling silver" and assume it's just that---sterling. They think by adding "plated" it makes it legal---it does NOT.
Again, only SOLID .925 Sterling Silver can be called "sterling Silver" at all.
In conclusion: if you see a piece of jewelry that you think is pretty and affordable, buy it! Wear it! Enjoy it! But if you see an "emerald" necklace for under $15, or a "ruby" ring that is HUGE and only $18 or so, you can be sure that those are NOT genuine gemstones. Price isn't the only factor though---it's up to YOU to research the item (and the seller) to understand what it is you're buying. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, and I hope you've learned something here.
And remember, Buyer Beware!!!