We all know it’s out there, but the details about it are fuzzy. Silver has been a sign of wealth and beauty dating back to ancient civilizations. This durable element is used in a variety of ways that we likely never hear about. Silver is handy in car manufacturing, photography equipment, deodorant, water purification, silverware, and our favorite jewelry.
There are three main questions that we have all been wondering about Silver, and we here at American Gold Exchange & Pawn are ready to answer.
1. What is the difference between silver and sterling silver?
This question is all over the internet, but the answers can be confusing. Sterling silver is the material that is typically used for items such as jewelry and silverware. The truth is that pure silver is very soft. Imagine a beautiful, shiny, and intricate ring made of lead. It would keep its shape just about as long as pure silver. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5% copper and other hard metals. This mixture helps to make sure the item holds the right shape and lasts for a long time. Sterling silver pieces can often be coated with a layer of pure silver to enhance the look and shine!
2. How do I know if my item is made of silver?
It may look like silver, but don’t be fooled by the outer appearance. The easiest way to tell if an item is made of silver is using a magnet. Fine jewelry made with materials such as silver, gold, or platinum will NOT typically react to a magnetic pull. If your item is dancing with the magnet, it is likely made of another material. Occasionally some of the mixed in materials or coating will still make the item react. Though the magnet test isn’t full proof, it sure is a step in the right direction! Another easy way to tell if an item is made of silver is by checking for a “.925, 925, or sterling” engraved right on it. The easiest way to identify your item is to simply stop by our store, and we will get your item examined and appraised in no time!
3. Why should I buy silver?
Just like diamonds, silver is forever. Silver is a fine quality material that will last for generations to come. The value of silver has been steady through history and its uses are never ending. If you invest in items made of sterling silver you can be sure that with constant care and polishing, your items will keep shining! The best news is that we can provide affordable cleaning and care for your silver in store.
These three questions may have covered the basics, but we know that more questions about silver will arise. Stop in or call to chat with one of our jewelry experts and we will be sure to make your sweet silver shine!