I had to return the stam that I found on sale (coated canvas with snake trim), due to issues with the hardware. The gold plating on the rings on the front of the bag was peeling off. I tried to take a picture, but the defect was not showing up well. When I showed it to the SA at Saks, they said that it was definitely a defect and they had not seen anything like it before. I do believe that the bag was authentic, it had the riri zipper and canvas lining. Well, then I started looking at my banana hobo that I bought last year. The gold plating is starting to wear off on some of the studs (not peeling off, just kinda worn off). A couple of the studs now look silver instead of gold. The banana hobo is my everyday bag, so it does get used quite often and I don't baby it, so I'm pretty sure it is just wear and tear. I was just wondering how your gold hardware was holding up on your MJs (is it still gold or is the gold starting to wear off). Thanks!