HOW TO IDENTIFY REAL 925 STERLING SILVER JEWELRY
Sterling silver is the standard for beautiful high-quality silver jewelry. It's over 90% pure silver, mixed with alloys to add strength and durability. And it won't wear down, as silver plating can. That is why knowing how to identify real 925 sterling silver from fake ones will be a great help and save you from much disappointment later.
The following techniques can help you identify real sterling silver from the fake silver that is sold by certain untrustworthy sellers.
Rub the jewelry with a white cloth.Rub a soft white cloth over a part of the jewelry if you see any part turn black then you know it is made of real silver. This is because air exposure causes real silver to oxidize when it comes into contact with air. This causes the silver to tarnish over time, and the reason why black marks are found on the cloth when the jewelry is polish.
Testing with nitric acid. This is a reliable test if you are purchasing sterling silver in a store. You can just ask the jeweler before purchase if they can conduct a nitric acid test. If you see the color fade, you know it’s fake. However, if the shade remains the same, you can tell it is 925 sterling silver. If you do this test, ensure you are safe by wearing gloves and protecting your eyes at all times. If the jeweler refuses and they have no other way of proving its authenticity, this may be a good sign that you need to look elsewhere.
How does it smell? Real sterling silver shouldn't smell. If you catch a strong smell it may indicate it’s a fake. A strong smell will indicate heavy use of other metals such as copper.
- Look for the mark "925" or "Sterling Silver" in a hidden area. If you don't see it, RUN! It is not Real Silver.
So if you are searching for the perfect gift for someone and you want to make sure you are buying real silver, these techniques will help identify any fakes.
Real sterling silver does not come cheap. It requires some investment from your side, but it is worthwhile investing in a real sterling silver piece as the value increases with time. What is even more important is not to be tricked into buying fake sterling silver jewelry.
So next time you are searching for beautiful authentic sterling jewelry, carry out those tests to make sure you are getting the real deal. It could save you time, money, and disappointment by purchasing real sterling silver from a genuine and reputable jeweler such as Kaldera Jewelry. We have established our reputation as a seller of real, solid and most beautifully 925 Sterling Silver Jewelry.
To clean and maintain the fabulous look of your 925 Silver jewelry, don’t use any chemicals or use liquid jewelry dips. Please only use cloths for polishing that were specially produced to work with silver or gold jewelry. You may use a mild detergent mixed with a little water, rinse well, and dry thoroughly