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The are many reasons for using it over sterling silver. Most of the imports currently being mis-labeled as hill tribe silver are done in Ag .980, The smiths I've met over there prefer it because it is softer and easier to stamp and forge than sterling.
It melts at a higher temp and so folks over there do not like it for casting however.
of jewelry, the right box describes the "mystery piece" or designer.
When information is found it will appear with credit given to the person who provided it. Marks were introduced by each country at different times, and the rules and regulations involved can be very complex. these standards all appear around the turn of the century at various time according to the descretion of the manufacturer.
Some countries, like France, use symbols rather than numbers, and so 925 would never have been used in those countries. A link to her site can be found on the Educational and Informational Sites page under Reference on my web site (last listing on the page). it would not come into use until after the sterling standard was introduced by england in the later part of the 19th century. goverment standards have been set for centuries and vary as to marks and country.
If you can find a copy of Tardy's International Hallmarks on Silver, you will have a better idea of what I'm talking about. US silver companies such as Gorham and Tiffany often used both marks in the late 1800's.
I have a silver pendant that was recently bought at a thrift store for It has a large (about 32X22mm) agate or jasper cab, bezel set on a solid silver sheet. Regarding silver and wooden jewelry by Kaija Aarikka of Finland, I have several questions.
The following list is compiled from emails of Silver Forum subscribers: The list consists of designers and maker's marks that have been difficult to find in reference materials so far.
The left box of each row is for the mark, either a photograph or text indicating the name found on the piece.
(I believe) it is 1970 Finnish, from the town of Turku, but wasn't able to come up with an artist.
submitted by Myrna in Tulsa I haven't seen this particular design before, so can't be sure, but the 'bird or animal with it's mouth open' could be the maker's mark for Auran Kultaseppa which is an eagle head with it's beak slightly ajar.H is the first letter of the Finnish word for silver, Hopea, and '916H' is a Finnish designation for .935 silver, see Warman's Jewelry 2nd Edition, 'Marks on Metals' for a concise listing of many silver fineness marks.'Tardy's International Hallmarks on Silver' is a great resource, and also includes the above info, and much much more, including information about the hallmarks used in Malta from about 1530 onwards.