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Gaspare

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iconnumber posted 05-20-2005 12:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gaspare     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
German Silver
Alpacca
Neusilber...
They are all the same ,yes? Alloys of copper, nickel, zinc..
I have seen in 1940s newspapers with advertisements for finger rings stateing they are 'Neusilber'. Wouldn't they turn your finger black after a little while? Interesting that when I see the actual 40s period rings they are usually stamped 800 or 835.
Is it just the retailer not knowing? thanks , G.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 05-20-2005 01:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually my understanding is that individual body chemistry plays a major role in turning fingers when wearing metal rings. People who drink a lot of tea can have a reaction to gold. I am in this category: I can wear silver, silverplate but gold turns my finger green. So, it is not just the metal but also the person wearing the metal.

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Gaspare

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iconnumber posted 05-20-2005 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gaspare     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dale , thanks for the response. Yes, I can understand your statement...But everyones finger would turn dark green/ black after wearing a ring from that alloy in just a few short hours!
Is there currently rings being made from German silver?
Also still odd to me that after seeing/handling 100 or so of these 1930s/1940s German rings that most are silver and so marked OR no content marking but are silver anyway!! , thanks, G.

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