Want to buy a piece of jewelry and doesn't know the difference between some jewelry metals? These are some short facts to take on count when you are looking for long-lasting accessories. I hope they will help you to make the right decision.
925 STERLING SILVER JEWELRY
925 Sterling Silver is a metal made from 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% some other alloy as copper or zinc. These alloys are the more common in jewelry because this adds additional strength and durability to the pieces. Sterling Silver jewelry is always stamped with 925, SS925, .925 or 92.5 to indicate it is genuine sterling silver. These marks indicate the percent of silver it contains.
These pieces can be used daily before getting deteriorated. Although, they are prone to get tarnish because their molecules interact with the sulfur molecules commonly presents in the environment and household products. As a result, it is produced silver sulfide this can cause a dark or yellowish film to adheres to our jewelry. That's why you need to clean regularly to restore the beauty and shine of the silver.
PURE SILVER JEWELRY
It is the finest silver used in jewelry, is very soft and malleable. It can be molded to make rings and bangles but is mostly reserved to make fine jewelry. This kind of jewelry needs to be handled carefully because it can be damaged or broke easily. Although take more long to get tarnish is not recommended for daily use because of decadence.
The stamps used in pure silver jewelry are 999, FS999 or .999. This means the silver used is made from 99.9% pure silver and only 0.1% copper alloy. This kind of jewelry is very rare indeed because they are very expensive. The glam of their luster makes them special pieces.
SILVER PLATED JEWELRY
It is an alloy base metal such as copper, nickel, brass, pewter or white metal plated with a thin layer of silver or sterling silver. The percent of silver is very low and doesn't have any distinctive stamp. This kind of jewelry is very affordable, can tarnish easily and lose the plated coat exposing the base metal underneath.
GOLD 925 OR 925 SILVER GOLD PLATED JEWELRY
Gold 925 does not exist, actually, it is 925 Sterling Silver pieces that has been plated with a layer of gold. This process is also known as "Gold Veil", these pieces can contain 42% of gold with a thickness of at least 2.5 microns. Some gold plated jewelry can be stamped GP, GEP, RGP, HGE or HGP.
Acid testing can determine the content of gold in the plating, it needs to be at least 10K. Depending on the plating process and care this kind of jewelry can last between 12 months to 3 years before getting tarnish.
Tibetan Silver Jewelry
It is a traditional Tibet silver made by a traditional process with a 30% silver and 70% copper. Other alloys also can be called "Tibetan Silver" but it does not contain silver at all, actually this alloy is made from a copper-nickel amalgam. This piece sometimes put before eclectic beauty over quality.
Thai Silver Jewelry
These jewelry are an expression of art, beauty, and elegance made handcrafted by talented artisans, on the Thai Market. Keeping the same standard of quality from the 925 Sterling Silver on their creations. This silver has a matt surface feature combined with a tarnished look who giving then a stylish old age look to each piece. This jewelry is more expensive due to the handcrafted work and design and elaboration of every piece.
Now then you know the difference between silver jewelry metals. It is time for shopping! Enjoy your Mereki Moment.