Is Your Sterling Silver Real Or Not?

Buying sterling silver jewellery or a unique silver item is quite an investment that becomes more and more valuable as time goes on. Being tricked into buying fake sterling silver is not a mistake that many can afford and is rather irritating to say the least.

Real 925 sterling silver jewellery consists of 92.5 percent pure silver and the rest is usually copper. This is much different from silver plated, where a layer of silver is placed over another metal or alloy. Silver plated items can be easily damaged with the silver scraped off or tarnished easily. There are a few steps you can take in ensuring that your sterling silver jewellery is the real thing.

The easiest test done by using a magnet. Silver is a non-ferrous materials, meaning it is not magnetic. This means if the ‘sterling silver’ is attracted to a magnet then it is definitely not real sterling silver.

Real 925 sterling silver jewellery typically has certain marks on it to indicate its purity if the weight is over 7g. These marks include "925", ".925" or "S925", to represent the 92.5 percent pure silver that exists within it. If there is an official stamp on the jewellery, then it's highly likely that it is real sterling silver. This stamp is called a hallmark and differs each year.

Using a soft white cloth, rub a small part of the jewellery. If black marks appear on it, then your sterling silver pendant is true silver. This is because 925 silver oxidizes when it is exposed to air; this is the main reason why silver jewellery tarnishes over time and takes on a black tinge to it. These black marks are not likely to occur if it is not real sterling silver.

The price that you paid for your jewellery is a good indicator as to whether it's real sterling silver or not. 925 silver is much more expensive than alternatives. If the price you're paying for an apparent real sterling silver item seems too good to be true, then it's likely that you're not purchasing real 925 sterling silver.

We want everyone to be happy with the silver that they receive. Here at Hersey’s we hallmark everything over 7g and pride ourselves for quality and fast delivery. Hopefully this short guide will help you with all your future silver purchases!