Originally Posted by Rocket Surgeon
That its an "Ancient ARTIFACT".
"This artifact is guaranteed to be an authentic ground dug artifact dating to Medieval times, 500 to 1000 years old or possibly older."
"This item was found in the Balkans with a metal detector."
"I have viewed this item under a microscope to aid in authentication."
"I am not an expert but will try to answer your questions the best I can."
Now I gotcha. Yeah, I know a high percentage of "artifacts" on eBay are two years old. A few hours to make it, and then two years buried in the back yard with a lump of charcoal. Or some other method of aging.
Best indications I see of people selling true antiquities are when their other auctions include piles of broken bits and pieces sold as lots, and when the bulk of their items are relatively insignificant. A broken half of a cross. A cracked crotal bell. Three thimbles. Etc.
The "microscope" bit is a mystery to me. But I do believe his items are genuine antiquities. And now it seems the two halves of the reliquary cross are staying together.