Today I wonder what you have in your jewelry box? I am sorry but as I am a goldsmith, this is a funny question ;-)
Most of us may not only have precious metals like gold an silver in their jewelry box. And today I want to tell you the difference between sterling silver and silver-plated, not precious, metal.
Most of the jewelry we have is silver-plated. If you do not find the stamp 925S on the backside of your jewelry, you can assume that it is silver-plated.
The difference is very simple. Silver-plated jewelry has a thin layer of pure silver that covers a base metal, often copper, brass or others containing nickel. Real sterling silver consists of nearly pure silver.
Due to the layer of silver, silver-plated jewelry looks good and solid. But this thin layer of silver will quickly scrape off, and the base metal appears. The result is red or yellow jewelry that does not look nice and that will lie in your jewelry box without being used.
Sterling silver is nearly pure. Of course, when you use it a lot it will get scratches and marks, too, but the only thing that can appear is silver.
So, please allow me a quick look into your …. oh, my dear, what have I seen?? Red, yellow, green colors among silver?? :-P
Think about it, when you by jewelry. It is absolutely worth it to invest a little bit more money to buy a real sterling silver jewerly and to have joy for the rest of your life.
Oh, and one more thing: Never buy sterling silver from China or Mexico. Although is it marked with 925S, it is often no real sterling silver.
P.s. Have you seen the new jewelry I just posted on my online shop? It is new whale inspired jewelry, and I want to give 10% of the price to the non-profit whale organisation “Norwegian Orca Survey”, that do such a fantastic job the preserve the whales in the arctic sea.
I wish you a fabulous day - Sandrine