Difference between Pure Silver and Sterling Silver

On October 15, 2013, in - STERLING SILVER, by Autore Designs Jewelry

Pure silver has a brilliant white metallic luster. sterling silver is often considered as pure silver, which is incorrect. Pure silver, is also called fine silver and is defined as 99.9% pure silver. The millesimal fineness system is used to show the purity of silver. There are silver standards by which refer to the standards of millesimal fineness for the silver alloy used in the manufacture or crafting of silver objects. This list is organized from highest to lowest millesimal fineness, or purity of the silver. The highest purity of silver commercially attainable is 99.95% (nominally considered 100%).

How can I tell if silver is 99.9% pure? All jewelry authentic pieces must be stamped with .999 silver. The product you are purchasing either should be stamped or be accompanied by a certificate of purity. Consequently when you see “.999 fine silver” or “999” stamped on an item, it is considered pure silver. Therefore being 99.9% pure, it is a softer precious metal that is still used in a few jewelry pieces, but rarely used in pure form.

You probably wonder why 99.9% pure silver is not used as often in making jewelry pieces. The reason is because of its softness and susceptibility to damage. Fine silver (99.9% pure) is too soft to use in jewelry or almost anything else because it tends to bend, break, and can easily get scratch marks. These finer grades of silver are too soft and are not strong enough or resistant enough to endure everyday use.

So the next time you want to purchase sterling silver jewelry, consider that you have the option to choose the softer 99.9% pure silver, though its pure precious metal, it is a softer metal and a more vulnerable precious metal that will definitely get damaged or you may choose the long-lasting preferred 92.5% sterling silver by which is usually the most suitable, most durable option to opt for when choosing precious metal jewelry.

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