NOT EQUAL

Not all silver are created equal. Pure silver is not really made up of only silver. It has 99.9% of silver, and a small content composed of other metals such as copper.

Sterling Silver, on the other hand, consists of 92.5% silver, and the remaining part consists of copper – mostly copper hence why it’s called 925 silver. For hypo-allergic reasons, nickel is never used.

925 Sterling Silver jewelry certainly does not come cheap. It requires quite an investment from your side, whether you are buying a sterling silver pendant or a necklace. But it is a worthwhile investment as its value increases with time.

BENEFITS OF SILVER

Silver is historically known as an anti mirobial element in staving off infections. Beyond that, silver helps with internal heat regulation and circulation. Many have reported improvements in energy levels and balance in moods after wearing silver, as its natural properties may offset outside electrical disturbances, improve circulation and overall body temperature balance, and help maintain cleanliness and immunity.

TESTING SILVER

#1. Rub the jewelry using a soft white cloth.

If you find any black marks on the cloth, then you can be sure that it is made of real sterling silver. since any air exposure causes real sterling silver to oxidize causing the black marks.

#2. Use the Smell Test.

Real sterling silver shouldn’t smell. If it does, it is because there is too much copper in it.

#3. Use the Magnet Test.

Magnets have no effect on silver – just as they have no effect on gold or platinum. But if you find that the jewelry is attracted to the magnet, then it will be clear to you that it is not made of real sterling silver.

#4. 925 markings.

Real sterling silver jewelry will have markings such as “Ster,” “925” or “Sterling Silver” in a hidden area. If you don’t see such a marking, be wary of it immediately.

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