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Buying Silver in Mexico


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When cruising to Mexico buying silver can risky. venders selling on the street with handfulls of silver bracelets are selling fake silver.You should go to jewelry stores and buy your silver they will have a Government stamp that looks like a aztec calender not 924 or 925 Nos. inside. The fake ones will turn brown and green where ever you touch it buy the next day. This is why the venders have them on a cloth or a wood stick.:mad:

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All sterling silver should have a stamp of 925 - describing the ratio of silver in the metal. My jewelry with that stamp has never turned green - though it does tarnish in chlorine. I wear it every day & haven't had any problems. I bought silver jewelry in St Thomas from a vendor & love it.

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Be careful, last year my BF bought a bracelet that was stamped 925, and it was fake. Looking closer at it, the 5 was partly missing. I would not recommend buying any silver from beach vendors, I bought some at a jewelry store, and it was real.


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I have always had this ability to rub gold and silver on my skin and if it leaves a black mark its real. It may be a chemical in my skin, but maybe some of you all might have it as well.

If you rub it hard on the back of your hand and there is a dark black line left, its real.



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My wife bought a chunky silver bracelet in Cozumel, very nice and has never tarnished. The braclet was bought from a large store on the seafront and not from a street vendor, it also has the .925 stamp.


The guy who sold it did chance his luck when it came to 'Cuanto Esta?' (How Much?) - he weighed the item and asked for $130 dollars. We did not think it was worth that much and said it was too much to pay.


He asked how much do you think?


My wife told him $130 was too much because she did not have that amount on her.


He said 'pay by card' but she told the guy that she did not have a card.


He then asked how much cash do you have?


She checked and said 'I have $70 but will need to keep $20 for Taxi and Lunch - so I can only give you $50.


The guy shrugged his shoulders and said, 'Okay that will do - but not much comission for me.'


The deal was done. It just lets you see that 'haggling' is always recommended and worth while. The method of haggling above was done through pure accident as we were at that time not carrying a large amount of cash.


Keep in mind - Vendors will not sell, if they are not making money on the deal.

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