Am not sure re the clasp, but it's very magnetic (way more than any non silver elements), and another couple of those crimpy things also not magnetic. It's a shame as I absolutely love the design. Its oxidised silver so its hard to know what those bits are made of, as oxidised silver looks quite a lot like steel etc anyway. My guess tho is that the rest probably is silver (it barely moves with the magnet), but those bits are plated (something). It also has a fairly strong metallic smell to it.
Plated stuff is fine, of course, but should absolutely not be sold as sterling.
If I make my own version I can add some leather to it anyway
Yeh, I mean, I am pretty sure they will refund, will definitely threaten them if I need to. I actually would want to escalate anyway, just out of principle, because I don't like sellers lying about silver.. I don't think it does the industry any favours, and definitely doesn't those on etsy. I would think long and hard about buying something else from there now that is fairly expensive, just because I don't really have any way of knowing what's genuine sterling, and would have assumed a seller with that many sales wouldn't be allowed to trade by etsy selling things that aren't as described.
I assume it might be a bait and switch thing though, they sometimes swap out components to silver plated to keep costs down or something?
Did you ever add the mens section? What was the link to your shop again?