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  • Sterling Silver vs. Fine Silver - What's the Difference?

    Fine Silver is Pure Silver, identified by the markings .999 999 FS FS999 or FINE SILVER.  It is more expensive, softer and more pliable than Sterling Silver, and it doesn't tarnish in the same way Sterling Silver does. If you are looking at a piece of jewelry that is made from Fine Silver, you can expect that the metal will have a "give" inversely proportional to the thickness of the metal, and that greater care will be needed when taking the piece off and on. Fine Silver is often used in fine art, chasing and repousse, and raising vessels. Fine Silver has a liquid brilliance that makes it truly unique.

     

     

    Sterling Silver is made from melting 92.5% Fine Silver with 7.5% Copper (and possibly some other trace metals) is identified by the markings .925 925 SS or STERLING SILVER and is harder than Fine Silver.  Sterling Silver is sometimes favored in jewelry and accessories if the piece is thin Sterling Silver is made from melting 92.5% Fine Silver with 7.5% Copper (and possibly some other trace metals) is identified by the markings .925 925 SS or STERLING SILVER and is harder than Fineor dainty, or extra strength is necessary, as the copper gives the silver hardness, resilience and a "springy" quality. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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