How to tell if that silver jewelry is genuine or fake
- February 16, 2021
- Ally Cohen
Sterling silver catches the light like no other, which is why we love the look of sterling silver in flatware, vases, jewelry, and decorative accents. Knowing whether or not something is actually made of silver is important in terms of more than just cost: People who have an allergy or sensitivity to other metals have to make sure that their jewelry is real silver if they want to wear it without a negative reaction.
Here are some simple tests that you can conduct to find out whether the silver jewellery, silver coins, or silver utensils that you own are made of real silver or not.
Look for markings or stamps on the silver. International sellers of silver will stamp silver as 925, 900 or 800." These numbers indicate the level of purity of the silver. Sterling silver has a purity of 92.5 percent or higher.
The Magnet Test
Silver is not magnetic. Silver is paramagnetic and only exhibits weak reactions to a magnet. Grab some magnets and see if they are drawn to your object.
The Odor Test
Sterling silver is odorless, so go ahead and smell the piece in question. If you can smell sulfur or a distinct metallic fragrance, then it is not sterling silver. The item could be silver-plated, but a scent indicates that it is not made entirely of sterling silver.
The Polish Test
Silver needs to be polished on a regular basis. Rub the tarnished piece as if polishing. If no black residue appears on your cloth, it's not silver." Polishing the silver item is a very good indicator of its authenticity. Rust or a lack of oxidation indicates that the item is made of a different material from silver.
The Flake Test
Some items may be silver-plated, which means that they are covered with a layer of real silver.
The Ring Test
Silver has a nice ringing sound when it is tapped. If it is a coin, you can flick it into the air. Alternatively, you can gently tap it with another coin. In both instances, you should hear a high-pitched bell-type ring that lasts about 1-2 seconds.
Ice Cube Test
Another easy method to check whether the silver is pure or not is by using ice cubes. This method is ideal for testing silver coins and other silver items with flat surfaces. Place an ice cube on a silver coin or flatware. If the ice cube melts quickly, then the metal you own is real. Silver has the highest thermal conductivity and when you place an ice cube on silver, it will melt at a faster rate. Although it melts at room temperature too, it will melt faster when placed on a silver coin or flatware.
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