I see a lot of ODM's that have ribbons that are newer and you can pretty much tell the ribbon has been replaced, but sometimes I see ribbons that look old or more worn and I have to ask myself whether it's original to the medal or if someone made it look that way.
I know replacement ribbons are readily available on the market and some sellers really seem not to care, or don't really know one way or the other.
Here's a couple I will use as examples. Note the stitching along the edge of the ribbon (reverse). I always thought this was an indication of a modern ribbon, but some are more apparent than others. Should originals have this stitching?
Also, what should one look for on the small ring? I thought originals should be steel looking, either silver or blackened silver in color.