Sterling Silver Marks
What are sterling silver marks?
It is a stamp or mark on a piece of jewelry. These marks tell you how much pure silver is in the jewelry. For example, Sterling silver is made from 92.5% silver. The 92.5% are represented in different ways, but they all refer to the jewelry's silver content.
The list below are some sterling marks, you might find on a finished piece of jewelry.
- Sterling Silver
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that if an item is stamped with sterling silver marks, it must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. The remaining 7.5% may consist of copper or other metals such as germanium, zinc, or platinum, sterling silver does not contain nickel.
Fashion Sterling Silver Jewelry
Here are a few locations where you might find sterling silver marks on fashion sterling silver jewelry:
- As with most rings, look on the inside.
- The silver marks on a sterling silver bracelet might be found on the clasp, or on a jewelry tag.
- How about a pendent? Flip it over, is it stamped on the back?
As you can see, there are many places to stamp sterling silver marks, and note, some items are too small or delicate to be stamped.
Handmade Silver Jewelry
The FTC does not require precious metals to be stamped with quality marks. If you find a sterling silver mark, it must be accompanied by a registered US trademark.
Registering a trademark is very costly.
Expensive procedures and constant reviewing of the trademark for any misuse must be maintained.
As a result, many artists and designers with a small jewelry business, that sell handmade silver jewelry, may not have a registered trademark. Most stand by their products and guarantee the quality of the silver content along with workmanship of the pieces that they sell.
- Acquaint yourself with sterling quality marks.
- Find reputable stores, galleries, and jewelry designers. Friends and relatives are a great source for these.
- Ask questions about the quality and details of the piece you are interested in.
- You can ask for written details, including silver quality and any information about gemstones that may be a part of the piece. It's also a good idea to inquire about refund or exchange policies.
Cheap Sterling Silver Jewelry
Have you found cheap sterling silver jewelry at an outrageously low price?
Look for words such as silver, silver color, silver metal, silver tone or silver plate used in the advertising or labeling. These words are used to indicate only the color of the jewelry. The "unbeatable" bargain priced jewelry may be plated over cheap metals, or may not contain any silver!
Hopefully, you will not need to go to this extent. But, if you doubt the silver purity of your jewelry piece, you can purchase a silver acid test kit.
Please be careful when testing. Do not spill acid on your body, clothing, or anywhere acid can do damage. Do not get acid into your eyes. The acid test will damage your jewelry! Read and understand all directions before proceeding!
Color charts are included in these kits. The kits may not tell you absolutely that the jewelry piece is sterling silver, but it will tell you if silver is not present!
"Armed" with some basics about sterling silver marks, you will have confidence when shopping. You'll now know what to look for, what to ask for, and where to shop for sterling silver jewelry.
Do you need some tips to keep your sterling silver jewelry from tarnishing so quickly?
Want to save time and money, clean and polish at the same time? The links below will lead you to tips on how you can save you money by keeping your sterling jewelry well cared for. Your sterling jewelry will be ready to be worn at a moments notice!
Jewelry Care for Your Sterling Jewelry.
Easy Jewelry Care tips to keep your Sterling Jewelry looking beautiful.
How to Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry.
Save time and money, clean and polish your sterling silver jewelry at the same time!
Prevent Silver Tarnish on Sterling Silver Jewelry.
It is the nature of silver to tarnish. Silver tarnish can be kept to a minimum. Follow these jewelry storage solutions for your sterling silver jewelry.
Inexpensive Sterling Silver.
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