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Hi Chris,

I have been curious about how to stamp my own hand crafted 925 silver jewelry. I use a 925 stamp but when I took a local course the workshop said not to stamp 925 on your jewelry to just leave it. I thought that by law marking the quality was necessary, is this not the case? I am from Canada, but I assume that it would be similar in all of North America. If you have any insight into this I would appreciate some information. Thank you in advance.

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Margo, The .925 stamp denotes 92&1/2 % pure silver. If you have tested the piece & or purchased the metal from a reputable manufacturer,  most artists will mark the percentag of silver in their piece using this method, however in the US a manufacture must not only mark his piece with the percentage of pure metal , but it must also have their manufacturers registered trade mark. Most prolific quality artists will do the same
Especially if they expect to sell their work.
You might like to read this article:
http://jewelrymakingjournal.com/start-a-jewelry-business/

I hope this helps,
Chris  

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Chris Eilertsen

Expertise

I have been in the Jewelry Industry 20 years and Apprenticed as a silver smith took classes in Casting sculpting repair and trained under master gold and silver smiths as well as some experience in Faceting and diamond cutting and polishing for repair. Plating, Wax work, Diamond Setting, Engraving, Carving, Mold Making, design, some watch repair, tool making, enamel work, refining, mining, sales, sand blasting, casting. Have worked in Platinum, Gold, Silver, Pewter, Brass, Bronze, Aluminum,Steel,Titanium,Wood, Plastic, and Stone. 10 years Appraisal work in Jewelry.

Experience

20 years commercial experience in Repair Manufacturing and sales of Jewelry 3 years school 4 year apprentice. Worked on the duplication of the treasure found on the Spanish Galleon Maravalla by Dr. Cecil Humphreys. Traveled with and manufactured the souvenirs and miscellaneous replicas from the King Tut Exhibit when it visited the US.

Organizations
Former member AGTA and GIA and a ten year member of Memphis Jewelers association. 17 years experience in Tuscon Jewelry shows buying and selling.

Publications
JCK Tuscon Show Gude

Education/Credentials
Classes at MSU and The Memphis art academy in Jewelry sculpting, Specialized Repair school, and 2 apprenticeships in Silversmithing from Juelius Astor, and Goldsmithing from Katchic Yacubian both masters for over 35 years each.Studied with Dr. Richard Prilliman, and several others.

Awards and Honors
JCK Tuscon Show honorable mention in design.

Past/Present Clients
Dr. Cecil Humphreys Finder of the Spanish Galleon Maravalla, The Vanderbilts, Miscellaneous repair antique estate pieces. Elvis Presley Repair and Appraise 2 pieces of jewelry. Rifat Hassan and Nihall Mumtaz With the King Tut Exhibit. Trade work for over 36 Major Chains from Zales to Sams.

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