Silver Facts


 

 

WANT TO BUY A PIECE OF JEWELRY AND DOESN'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOME METALS? THESE SHORT FACTS MAY HELP YOU TO TAKE THE RIGHT DECISION.

 

 

925 STERLING SILVER

IS A METAL 92.5% PURE SILVER AND 7.5% SOME OTHER ALLOY AS COPPER OR ZINC.  THESE ALLOYS ARE THE MORE COMMON IN JEWELRY BECAUSE OF ADDITIONAL STRENGTH AND DURABILITY TO THE PIECES.

 

 

SILVER

IT'S THE FINEST SILVER USUALLY STAMP AS 999. THIS MEANS PURE SILVER 99.9% AND A SMALL CONTENT OF 0.01% OF TRACE ELEMENTS. IT'S VERY SOFT AND MALLEABLE, IS MOSTLY RESERVED TO MAKE FINE JEWELRY. SO YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE OF ISN'T VERY DURABLE. 

 

 

SILVER PLATED

IT'S AN ALLOY METAL SUCH AS COPPER, NICKEL, BRASS, PEWTER, OR WHITE META PLATED WITH A THIN LAYER OF SILVER OR STERLING SILVER. THIS LAYER WEARS OFF WITH TIME AND USAGE.

 

 

GOLD 925

GOLD 925 DOESN'T EXIST, ACTUALLY, IT'S 925 STERLING SILVER PIECE THAT HAS BEEN GOLD PLATED. THIS ALSO KNOWS AS "GOLD VERMEIL", THESE PIECES CAN CONTAIN 42% OF GOLD OR 10K (417). DEPENDING ON THE PLATING PROCESS THIS PIECES CAN LAST BETWEEN 12 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS BEFORE GETTING TARNISH.