Silver jewelry: real or fake?


There is a very common stereotype that real silver jewelry should carry a stamp. Well... it is not

true. In some countries stamping is not required, and it is very often that handmade silver

jewelry will not have this stamp. How to identify whether your jewelry is made of silver or not?

First, let's understand what does 100 % silver mean? Pure silver is very soft and it bends,

breaks easily. For that reason jewelers mix copper with it to add some strength. IDenteco jewelry

is made of 925 sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 % pure silver and the rest is other metals

(usually copper).

How do you identify whether your purchased sterling jewelry is real or fake? There are a few

ways to do it at home without any expensive equipment.

1. Use a magnet: sterling silver is not attracted to a magnet. If your ring got attracted to a magnet,

then it is probably stainless steel which was polished to look like silver.

2. Sterling silver is less shiny than silver plated jewelry. You will notice that most of the items from

IDenteco store are not shiny at all, sometimes they are also darker than usual silver. This is a

special procedure jewelers use for giving jewelry a vintage look.

In the next blog we will discuss some allergic and other reactions people have on real and fake

silver items. Stay tuned!

Sincerely yours,

IDenteco team

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