In the states it is most often referred to as --fine silver--.At 98 or 99 percent it is considered about as pure as one can get.The are many reasons for using it over sterling silver. Most of the imports currently being mis-labeled as hill tribe silver are done in Ag .980, The smiths I've met over there prefer it because it is softer and easier to stamp and forge than sterling.It melts at a higher temp and so folks over there do not like it for casting however.It also has an A with an arrow coming out of the middle horizontal line pointing to the right. If a piece is unmarked as to silver content, should I assume it is silverplated? Finally, is Aarikka still making geometric silver and wooden bead necklace and earring suites with white metal link chains that have hang tags?The A is also uppercase block and is about 4mm tall and 4mm wide including the arrow.submitted by April I need help identifying the maker of a piece of German 800 silver. submitted by Ramona Aarikka jewellery is still produced today their are two shops in Helsinki that still sell the silver and wooden jewellery .
submitted by Karen Ferrandi CA with an arrow through it is the mark for Carl Art, Inc.of Providence RI, which is the listing ABOVE the mark on page 57 of Rainwater.Rainwater can be confusing, but just remember that the marks always follow the names and info in that book. You can find this info on page 38 of Maryanne Dolan's Collecting Rhinestones & Colored Jewelry, 3rd edition, where the info is UNDER the mark.The following list is compiled from emails of Silver Forum subscribers: The list consists of designers and maker's marks that have been difficult to find in reference materials so far.The left box of each row is for the mark, either a photograph or text indicating the name found on the piece.