16 CFR Part 23, Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries; Project No. G711001 #00030

Submission Number:
00030
Commenter:
katharine wood
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 23, Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries; Project No. G711001
To Whom It May Concern, I am a custom jeweler and instructor of enamel for over 30 years. True VITREOUS enamel is glass fused to metal at very high temperatures, usually multiple times. I am concerned with the misrepresentation of the word "enamel" used in labeling much commercial jewelry, when, in reality, epoxy resin (a glue-like substance which has never seen a kiln), is being used; it is much cheaper, less labor intensive, and less durable. Just as the consumer should know if he/she is buying a genuine gem (as opposed to an imitation), so should real vitreous enamel be differentiated from the fake items. If you have any questions, please contact me at: [REDACTED] Thank you for any assistance in this matter. Best Regards, Katharine Wood