In this article, you will learn how to identify jewelry as silver. It is something that is easy to recognize and is usually limited to a hand full of things that you need to check for. Below are the tips you will need to use when checking jewelry that is silver.
Supplies you will need:
- Jewelry loop (10 X) magnification
- Silver test solution
- Jewelry testing brick
- Paper towel
- Check for markings on jewelry. The markings will be on the clasp of the silver jewelry. You will need to use a jewelry loop to really see these markings on the piece. The markings will either be in number form or worded. If they are in number form it will usually be a .925 marking which means sterling silver. Sterling silver is 92.5 percent pure silver and is how most jewelry is made. If the marking on the jewelry is worded then it will either abbreviate the word sterling like this "Ster" or spell it out in full.
- See if there are any stampings from a major silver company. This is a good way of knowing whether a silver jewelry piece is real and where it was made. These types of stampings can either be on the clasp or in the inner area of the jewelry's band and links.
- Test the jewelry, using silver solution. Not sure whether the jewelry you have is silver? Then you need to test it. Take the jewelry and rub it on a test brick. Now take the solution you bought and open it, squeezing a tiny drop on the area of the test brick that you scratched with the jewelry. If the chemical reaction turns bluish-gray, it is real silver that you have.
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