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    Posted 8 years ago

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    This sterling pendant looks a lot better in reality. The colours of the class are very vibrant in the sunshine. I believe it is Mexican – it is marked MX 925 – but it is a bit difficult to read.

    Thanks for looking:)

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    1. freiheit freiheit, 8 years ago
      Thanks a lot, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris and vetraio50:)
    2. AmberRose AmberRose, 8 years ago
      Sure not an opal?
    3. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 8 years ago
      Agreed with AmberRose... I think it's fire opal...
    4. freiheit freiheit, 8 years ago
      Thanks, AmberRose and DrFluffy. I looked around and think that it might be foiled harlequin art glass. The colours are really vibrant. I wish I could take better photos:(
    5. freiheit freiheit, 8 years ago
      Also many thanks, mikelv85, walksoftlyand nutsaboutas6, and aghcollect:)
    6. freiheit freiheit, 8 years ago
      Thanks, LeahGoodwin:)
    7. freiheit freiheit, 8 years ago
      Agree, although I did find one pendant on line that was identical to mine, just in a different shape. It stated that it was Mexican. I also found plenty of sterling Mexican jewelry with the same glass. For that reason, as well as the fact that the mark looks to me like “Mex925”, I posted it as Mexican jewelry. It is, however, rather frustrating nowadays, that one has to be more and more careful and cannot believe or assume anything. I just took one other item off because I was not sure what it really was. Once I am clear about its origin, I might re-post it.
    8. freiheit freiheit, 8 years ago
      idcloisonne: I forgot to mention: I am almost certain that this is not resin but rather glass.
    9. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 8 years ago
      love opals, very pretty...
    10. freiheit freiheit, 8 years ago
      Thanks, AnneLanders:)
    11. freiheit freiheit, 8 years ago
      idcloisonne, I agree with about the mark. It is too hard to read. I had a second look and saw something differnt than the first time I looked :( - I guess my eyes are not to be trusted!
      It could be a Chinese knock-off, pretending to be Mexican. I hate when I find stuff like that! To me reproductions/fakes are worthless. You could also correct with your idea about a maker or contry mark.
      I listed it as Mexican because I found very similar ones made in Mexico on line. Having said that, of course, it doesn’t mean that mine is as well. However, I am sure the pendant is sterling and glass. The glass feels cold, is rather heavy, and makes a distinct sound. I even tried to poke it with a needle. In my experience, not all glass is clear. There are many pieces of jewelry that have opaque glass “stones”.
      I suppose for now it remains a mystery. I appreciate your thoughts and hope someone will help to solve this one :)
    12. freiheit freiheit, 8 years ago
      idcloisonne, thanks so much for your help. I found this on e-bay and to me the "stones" look like the one in my pendant. What do you think? I agree with you: no matter how I look, I cannot figure out what the stamp says:)
      I will check out your tip when I get a chance.
    13. freiheit freiheit, 8 years ago
      I can relate to your story! The only thing is that I don’t find it that funny. It is rather sad that they get away with it! I was always under the impression that it is illegal to use fake marks. I guess I am wrong.
      I kind of trusted those markings and I have a few pieces that are definitely fake or sub-standard, and it bothers me that I was taken. I bought a very nice ring with a large amethyst in a reputable store. It was sold as 925 silver and it wasn’t cheap. The other day I was wearing it and noticed that the rhodium plating came off and it looks horrible now. Made in Taiwan! I also have a bangle marked 924. I really liked it and wore it a lot until my wrist started to turn black and green! You probably guessed it: copper! Now I buy costume jewelry for its beauty and design or I trust my instinct with vintage sterling. I am getting better, I hope, but I still make mistakes. We call that “Lehrgeld” – the cost of learning.
      Nice chatting with you!

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