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Wear Silver Jewelry – Get Luster that doesn’t Cost A Fortune!

Updated on November 10, 2014

There are countless people (mainly ladies, of course) in this world, who prefer silver jewelry, while others wonder why! While looking at benefits of silver jewelry, one can find a number of them, major being its luster, compared to economy. As compared to platinum, which costs a fortune, silver costs almost nothing, but in case of luster, it is nearly the same. The reason to use the word ‘nearly’ is some silver jewelry gets tarnished, and so people are reluctant to use them. But if you come to know that silver is of different kinds and some of the silver types never tarnish, you will certainly be interested in buying silver jewelry. When silver is combined with gemstones, its beauty enhances a lot more. Let’s see, the different types of silver, which can be made into fine pieces of jewelry.

Fine Silver

Fine silver is pure up to 99.9%. It has a very little amount of other alloys mixed in it and so, it is very soft. Therefore, making jewelry of fine silver is quite difficult; however it is made. The feel and texture of these jewelry items are different than those of sterling silver and you might call them silky, smooth, buttery, or something like that. Besides its elegant looks, the degree of tarnishing is very less than sterling silver. But fine silver has limited applications, like an earring, a brooch or similar. But jewelers find that making finger rings out of fine silver doesn’t work out well. It gets worn out very soon and looks dull. So, fine silver should be used in making something which doesn’t bang around. Pure silver should be identified by the “.999” marked on an item. This is also referred to as “three nines fine”.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is the most popular material in silver jewelry making and is also called as standard silver. This is 92.5% silver mixed with 7.5% copper. This is denoted as “.925” marked on the item. Sterling silver jewelry is usually plated with .999 fine silver, so as to give it a smooth, shiny finish, which is called ‘flashing’. Without this or any anti-tarnish coat, sterling silver gets tarnished. Even rhodium is used for this purpose, because of its shine and strong anti-tarnish property. However, compared to silver coat, rhodium coat is expensive. Sterling silver is much stronger and almost scratch-free and is good for making jewelry items, which may have to suffer a beating.

Coin Silver

In coin silver, you get a mixture of 90% of silver and 10% of copper. Hence, its fineness level is 900 and it is known as “one nine fine”. This silver is used usually in making silver coins.

Junk Silver

Junk silver is a term used in countries like the USA, the UK, Australia and Canada informally, for a silver coin which is in fair state, but has no collectible or numismatic value beyond the bullion value of its component silver. People who invest in silver on a smaller scale are more interested in such silver. Junk silver is not essentially scrap silver.

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Silver Plating

Silver plating is a thin coat of silver give to an item made of some other base metal of lower cost than silver. This type of silver is not easily be recovered. Therefore, it is not good as an investment. EPNS is electroplated nickel-silver and is stamped sometimes on items having silver plating.

Having known this much, you may have got a fair idea that looking at the prices of gold and platinum, silver is always a good material for jewelry as well as an investment.

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