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How to Identify Real Sterling Silver Jewelry 2018-01-19 17:39:44

Have you ever bought sterling silver jewelry? Do you know anything about silver jewelry? Do you know how to identify real sterling silver jewelry? Silver is a kind of precious metal. Its value is lower than gold. But that doesn’t mean there is no fake silver jewelry on the market. Here, Luster-Jewelry will tell you something about sterling silver jewelry.

Silver is soft and lustrous white metal. Its chemical element is Ag and atomic number 47. The sterling silver has 92.5% of pure silver at a minimum and the other is copper in general. Silver has good electrical conductivity, ductility and thermal conductivity. Silver has white luster, not easy to oxidize, reflectance can reach 91%, widely used in jewelry and decorations. Silver's reflectivity of visible light is 91%, while platinum is 69%, palladium is 57%, high reflectance shows brightness, so silver jewelry is very attractive. Jewelry made of silver is elegant and generous.

The silver is use in jewelry and silverware, medicine, electronics, brazing alloys, chemical equipment, catalysis, photography, nanoparticles, as well as Miscellanea. Silver and gold are precious metal with a history of more than 4,000 years. Due to its unique characteristics, the coin is made of silver and copper. Beautiful silver jewelry is a favorite decoration of ethnic minorities, Buddhism and Islam. Silver jewelry is also the best choice for babies in China. The physical properties of silver as follow:

Physical Properties

Melting point

1234.93 K (961.78 °C, 1763.2 °F)

Boiling point

2435 K (2162 °C, 3924 °F)


10.49 g/cm3

when liquid

9.320 g/cm3

Heat of fusion

11.28 kJ/mol

Heat of vaporisation

254 kJ/mol

Molar heat capacity

25.350 J/(mol·K)

Mohs hardness


In addition, silver has always been known to have antivirus functions. Confirmed by modern medicine, Silver can form positive charged silver ions in the water. These silver ions can adsorb bacteria on them, depriving the bacteria of the enzymes they breathe, and making them unable to survive. According to scientific research, salmonella typhi, can only survive in silver 1 hour and corynebacterium diphtheriae can only live for three hours. Due to its strong sterilization ability, silver is known as a "permanent fungicide".

The way to identify the Authenticity

Silver is one of precious metals in the word. Sterling silver is much cheaper than expensive metals such as gold, and yet, fake sterling silver jewelry is sold in the market. What is very important is not to be duped into buying fake sterling silver jewelry. There are many ways to test the sterling silver jewelry. Do you know how to identify the authenticity?

1). Look for markings, such as: 999, S925, or 925. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver that’s mixed with another metal alloy, usually copper. So the sterling silver jewelry is labeled with S925, 925. A stamp that says “999”is pure silver jewelry.

2). Run magnet over the silver jewelry you want to test. This method is simple. Sterling silver isn’t magnetic, so should not see your silver jewelry move. Magnet also has no effect on gold and platinum.

3). Burn your silver jewelry. After high temperature, the silver will appear original silver color. It is also a way to test silver jewelry.

4). Rub your silver jewelry with a soft white cloth. If you find any back stain on the cloth, then you can be sure it is real silver jewelry. This is because real silver jewelry will oxidize in the air when exposure to the air.

5). You can test the silver jewelry by drops of nitric acid. Nitric acid has no effect on real sterling silver, if the jewelry is made of real sterling silver, the real one will appear creamy in color and fake silver will lose their color. But be sure to wear gloves and protect your eyes with goggles while doing the nitric acid test. has good reputation as a wholesaler of handcrafted real silver jewelry at China.

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