925 Silver Jewellery Online
Sterling silver is an alloy that, according to federal law, must be at least 92.5 percent pure silver. The remaining 7.5 percent may be composed of any other metal, which is usually copper or platinum. As a result of the high silver content, sterling silver jewelry has a beautiful shine and can be very valuable.
To find the worth of your jewelry item, an easy step is to appraise it. Clean your silver jewelry using a soft cloth to buff out tarnish. Wipe off fingerprints and other temporary markings. A chemical solution called a tarnish dip may be used if tarnish is exceptionally heavy. Silver polish can be used, but may not be able to clean crevices and grooves in the piece.
Appraise Sterling Silver Jewelry
The initial step appraise sterling silver jewelry is carefully inspect your piece using a magnifying glass. If the metal is sterling silver, there will be two quality marks. One will say sterling, ster., 925 or 0.925, The other mark will be a name or initials of the maker or a registered trademark. If the first quality mark is not on your jewelry, it most likely is coin silver. Write down what you think these markings say, along with any other permanent flaws in the item.
Perform your own in home testing to assure your item is sterling silver before you appraise it. Scratch lightly on an inconspicuous spot on the jewelry and apply nitric acid. If the color of the item turns gray, it is sterling silver. Consult a pricing and identification guide for silver jewelry once you have determined that your item is authentic and you want to appraise it.