Know Your Silver Jewellery!

The history of silver can be traced back to 3000 B.C. in European countries such as Greece and Turkey. People at the time knew how to refine the metal and remove its impurities. The metal's significance arose during trade between contemporary civilizations at the time. The ancient era's mode of business was the exchange of silver coins for goods. 

The American continent, which includes Mexico, Peru, and Chile, supplies 46 percent of the world's silver. China, Australia, and Russia account for 25% of global silver production. 

But don't take it for granted that everything you buy is pure silver! Metallic elements alloyed with silver are also used in the production of jewellery and other items. Before you make an expensive purchase, learn about silver. 

Characteristics of Silver 

Silver can be easily shaped into anything it is fashioned into. Silver is a highly commercial metal that is malleable and has a distinctive sheen. It has the greatest electrical and thermal conductivities of any metal. 

The most important silver ore is argentite (Ag2S, silver sulfide). It can also be found in lead, zinc, gold, and copper ore deposits, and it is extracted from the ore through chemical processes such as smelting or leaching.

Understanding Silver

There are various grades of silver that must first be understood because silver has its own alloys, which have their own grades and levels of purity. Argentium silver, Tibetan silver, Fine 925 Silver. 999 Silver, Coin Silver, Silver-Filled Silver, Silver, Silver Plated, Nickel Silver, Bali, Thai, or Mexican Silver are the ten types of silver 

Argentium Silver 

Non-tarnish alloys, such as Argentium, have recently been introduced to the market, and it contains at least 92.5 percent silver. It is made up of two alloys, primarily copper and germanium. As a result, Argentium is a harder and non-tarnish metal. It is not widely available in the market and appears to be sterling. 925 silver, but looks very similar to sterling if available. Most jewellers find it difficult and impractical to obtain authorization to sell 925 silver because the quality stamp on it is. 925. 

Tibetan Silver 

Tibetan silver is also known as Tribal silver because the base metals are all alloys that have the appearance of silver. The element used in this case is a large amount of lead, which should be kept away from children. Tibetan silver can be purchased for its beautiful designs rather than its silver quality.

Fine .999 Silver 

This type of silver is the closest to pure silver because it bears the stamp 99.9 percent silver present and the 0.1 percent consists of insignificant elements. When compared to bright sterling silver, fine silver appears slightly grey and dull, as well as vitreous. 

Sterling .925 Silver 

The pound sterling. The most common type of silver used in jewellery is 925 silver. It is 92.5 percent silver, 7.5 percent copper, and sometimes nickel is added to it to give it the required hardness and durability. The sterling is widely available in jewellery stores all over the world. For making jewellery, 925 silver is most commonly used. 

Coin Silver 

Coin silver was named after silversmiths who melted down scrap coins. Coin silver jewellery, which is becoming increasingly scarce, has a stamp bearing the mark.900 and is typically sold as antique jewellery.

Silver-Filled 

During the recession, a new type of silver with many layers of other metals was introduced into the market; however, it is not an alloy because the metal content is not evenly distributed throughout the silver. Silver-filled contains 5% to 10% sterling silver that has been heated and pressed into a brass core. 

Silver 

Jewelry labelled simply "silver" is not only mysterious, but also deceptive to buyers. The jeweller should specify the specific standard quality of silver items as well as the stamp. 

Silver Plated 

The surface is coated with an extremely thin layer of silver, which is commonly used to make costume jewellery. Silver-plated jewellery lacks a quality stamp but does bear the manufacturer's logo.

Nickel Silver 

Nickel silver is a misnomer because, as the name implies, the metal has the appearance of silver but is primarily composed of copper, zinc, or lead. Other names for nickel silver include Alpaca silver and German silver. 

Bali, Thai or Mexican Silver 

Large amounts of silver are arriving from Bali, Thailand, and Mexico. However, the country of origin does not guarantee the metal's quality.

How to test for quality silver? 

To determine the silver content of any alloy, two tests must be performed. The first is x-ray testing, which is non-destructive but costly. The jewellery must be sent to a reputable lab where expensive equipment is used. On silver items, this type of test is fairly accurate.

Secondly, wet chemical analysis or assay, which requires a small amount of silver to be removed from the piece of jewellery. This type of test is extremely precise and dependable. 

A thorough examination of silver, along with an authorised stamp from an experienced and reputable jeweller, will go a long way toward ensuring that you get the most out of your investment in this precious metal.