|Received:||09/28/2005 02:03:39 AM|
|Organization:||J.J. Claybaugh Consulting|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries|
|Docket ID:||To Be Added|
Comments:In my opinion, there is no reason to revise the guidelines. The guides are sufficient as they now stand to provide the correct guidelines for the marking and marketing of Platinum alloys. The new Karat Platinum 585 alloy has 58.5% 950 Pt. and is combined with 41.5% non-precious metals. This does not in any way, detract from it’s classification as a Platinum alloy option, and it is much cheaper still than the 585 Platinum alloy combined with PGM’s. Some industry members are trying to intimidate retailers and manufacturers by suggesting this product is not Platinum. Using scare tactics ranging from dishonest claims and rigged customer research is anti-consumer and completely at odds with our role as advisors to customers to help them make the best decisions on jewelry purchases based upon their budgets. I hope the fair minded judges of this situation will see these dishonorable actions for what they are and maintain the current guides which we find perfectly clear.