How To Tell If Jewelry Is Real Silver?

1.Look for Authenticity Hallmarks
The first and often the easiest way of identifying real sterling silver is by looking out for the authenticity stamps or markings.

So, if you suspect that an item could be made of real silver, the first thing to do would be for you to look for the authentication hallmarks. If the piece is made of real sterling silver, you’ll most likely come across a stamp or markings, especially if the piece is sold commercially.

The stamp shows the purity level of the silver, and it’s regarded as the mark left there by the silversmith or the manufacturer. There could also be other kinds of markings.

2.The Magnet Test
Next, you could test the magnetic properties of that piece of jewelry. Before you conduct this test, you need to know that precious metals such as gold and silver, even copper, are not magnetic, which means that a piece of jewelry made of high-quality or high purity silver will be non-magnetic.

For the magnet test, first, grab a neodymium magnet, then move it over the silver piece slowly to see if the object is drawn to it. Real sterling silver lacks noticeable magnetic properties, and it will only exhibit very weak magnetic properties because it’s made with other metal alloys like copper, nickel, or cobalt.

Therefore, it will exhibit the properties of the other metals and only appear to be weakly magnetic. So, if the magnet sticks to the jewelry that was sold as a real silver piece, you will know that it isn’t actually made of real silver but a silver-plated piece or a piece made of fake silver.

Keep in mind that objects that are strongly attracted to magnets often have ferromagnetic cores, and in the case of the jewelry, it would mean that the ‘silver’ piece that now appears strongly magnetic does not have a silver core.

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