FAS is not Fused Alloy Silver. What the FAS letters stand for and who the manufacturer actually was brought up during a jewelry discussion relating to an item in question. An online article was pointed to FAS being identified as Fused Alloy Silver by a Chinese seller or sellers on items that were found to be solid sterling silver. There is also confusion with it being Fantastic Antique Silver Company. Its very easy on the internet for one blog posting to be picked up and followed by all who also seeking information. Soon everyone follows that lead and it appears to be a 'fact' to the point that all jewelry marked FAS is now said to be made by Fused Alloy Silver or the Fantastic Antique Silver Company when you do an online search.
· FAS is an international trademark for :
Registered # 823389 - FAS
Designs by FMC, Inc.
1533 60th Street
Brooklyn, New York, NY 11219 (US)
Designs by FMC are wholesale designers of Jewelry, namely bracelets, pendants, earrings and rings and costume jewelry since 1993. Their jewelry is manufactured overseas and imported back for sale in the US and sold by mass merchandising channels like HSN, Amazon and their own web site. In addition to sterling silver this maker also is a large producer of gold and silver plated fashion jewelry also marked FAS but without the metal fineness noted. This is not saying an overseas maker did not steal their trademark and use it on fake silver as one particular blog has alerted readers. However it cannot be assumed all pieces with the FAS trademark is one and the same as the alleged Fused Alloy Silver company by Chinese sellers. There is a very similar FAS trademark in the Chinese registered trademarks database without the horizontal line across the ‘A’ which may be confused with the US maker so pay close attention to how the 'A' looks on the mark.
Here is an original Designs by FMC hang tag with the FAS trademark