How to Tell If a Sterling Tea Set Is Real Silver?

Answer It is rare to find sterling silver pieces that are not marked. If a piece is unmarked it will rarely be sterling silver. Sterling can be marked with the words Sterling, Sterling Silver, 925, 9.25 o... Read More »

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How do I identify real sterling silver?

MarkingsLook for surface markings that read 925, Sterling Silver, Sterling or Ster. In the case of bracelets or necklaces, look for the markings on the clasp.TestsPerform a magnet test by placing a... Read More »

Is towle sterling real silver or plated?

Towle Silversmiths, a Lifetime Brands company, makes sterling silver as well as silverplated items, both of which are real silver. Sterling is 925 parts pure silver to 75 parts other metal; Towle's... Read More »

German Silver Compared to Sterling Silver?

People often confuse German silver and sterling silver. Both are shiny white metals and both are used in jewelry, serving pieces, flatware and decorative accents. But beneath the shiny surface, the... Read More »

What does 925 on sterling silver mean?

The number "925" stamped on sterling-silver jewelry represents 925/1000 parts of pure silver. Sterling is a silver alloy, and the remaining 75/1000 parts is made up of various other metals. The Uni... Read More »