One question I get asked a lot at markets is, "Is this jewelry real silver"? I am asked this because customers tell me they have skin sensitivities to certain metals. I can relate because if I wear costume jewelry my skin will break out in a rash. The jewelry I create is real silver. It's also known as sterling silver and pure silver. If you are ever wondering how to test your silver jewelry, read below to find out three ways to see if it's real.
3 Ways to Test for Real Silver
1. look for markings or stamps on silver Jewelry
The easiest way is to look for small stamps on each piece of silver jewelry. It is .925 for sterling silver and .999 for pure silver jewelry. These numbers show the level of purity of the silver. But what if I can't see these numbers?
2. magnetic test for Real Silver
Take a magnet to your silver jewelry. If it sticks to your earrings, rings, necklaces or bracelets , it is not REAL silver. Jewelry made of sterling and pure silver will not stick to a magnet. Silver-plated jewelry will stick as most of the metal contained in it is other forms of metal like brass.
3. The Flake test for real Silver
Scratch your jewelry with your fingernail. Do you see another material below it? That means your jewelry piece is silver-plated with a thin layer of silver. It is not sterling or pure silver. This is also known as silver electroplating.
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