Silver is very cheap right now. It has historically been valued at 1/16 the price of gold, and at less than $20 an ounce, it is real bargain. But to find even cheaper prices, consider buying scrap sterling silver. In times of hardship, scrap sterling silver can be melted to increase the value. It is a great investment that will increase in value over time.
Sterling silver rings are often given to others as a sign of affection. As well as being pretty to look at, these rings come with pleasant memories surrounding them, making the jewelry hard to part with. This can be problematic as time goes. A silver ring that once fit perfectly may become too tight to wear as the years go by and fingers grow. Fortunately, many metals, including sterling silver, can be stretched with the proper jewelry equipment.
Stretch A Sterling Silver Ring
The first step to stretch sterling silver ring on your finger is determine your ring size by relaxing your hand then sliding the ring sizer onto your finger. Adjust the sizer so it fits securely onto your hand without being too tight. Take note of the size, which is usually listed directly below the sizer chart. Place your ring on the jewelry mandrel. Set the mandrel to the size determined in step one. Pull the lever of the mandrel. The ring will slowly begin to stretch over the panels of the mandrel until the correct ring size is achieved.
Buy Scrap Sterling Silver
Find a store with scrap sterling silver. Check at garage sales, flea markets, pawn shops and thrift shops. These places usually have scrap sterling silver for sale. Watch out for high prices. Sometimes the price will be raised just because the item is an antique. Also check with older relatives, because many people inherit silver items that are valuable as antiques. Do not tell anybody about trying to buy silver, because most thefts occur from close relatives or friends.