All genuine silver items must have a mark made by a die with a number indicating the quantity of silver used. If you can't find it then it is probably silver plated and that type of item is not identified with a stamped die. You can also tell silver from shiny steel in that silver has an overall yellowish or warmish glow where steel is cold and whitish. When polished silver and silver plate will leave black marks on the polishing cloth. Of course the best way is to consult a jeweler.
look for a mark which will bear either the numbers 925 (meaning 92.5 % silver, which is sterling) or a stamp with the words. Or, make a chemical test by a jeweler
You know any test I can try at home?
nope. sorry. any jeweler will do it for you and I doubt they will ask money for it, and if they do, it will be petty cash.
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thanks very helpful
When I was in mexico even though it was marked with 925 i was told it was silver plated. One sign he said to look for was the shinier it was the more likely it was plated
Law requires metal to be marked by the maker and the metal quality. For sterling silver, the mark will be either the numbers 925 (meaning 92.5 % silver, which is sterling) or a "sterling" stamp with the words. Near the clasp should have the mark, it would be at the end of the chain if anything. Sometimes the mark is on a little flat looking ring at the end of the chain, so check around.
What if you are at flea markets and you are trying to determine between real and fake silver? What is the easiest and best way to tell?
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