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How to test silver at home


Each of us has a cer­tain amount of jew­el­ry at home. It doesn’t mat­ter if you bought them your­self, received them as a gift, or inher­it­ed them, but there are def­i­nite­ly those where you are not com­plete­ly sure of their authen­tic­i­ty. In this arti­cle, we will tell you how to check the authen­tic­i­ty of sil­ver while being at home. It will be espe­cial­ly use­ful to read this for those who bought sil­ver items not in cer­ti­fied stores.

The first thing you should pay atten­tion to is the brand or sam­ple. Your prod­uct may have both at the same time, but even this does not guar­an­tee you the cer­tain­ty that it is the orig­i­nal.

So, how to check the authen­tic­i­ty of sil­ver?

  • Sil­ver is con­sid­ered an excel­lent con­duc­tor of heat. If you take a cup of very hot water and drop your pre­cious item into it (prefer­ably hold­ing it with tweez­ers, for exam­ple, and not with your hands), it should instant­ly become the same tem­per­a­ture as the water. Do this care­ful­ly so as not to burn your­self.
  • Take your sil­ver item and sim­ply rub it with your fin­gers. Then take a close look to see if it’s clean. If it real­ly has become lighter, then this is at least low-qual­i­ty sil­ver. The secret is that scam­mers have got the hang of mix­ing pure sil­ver with zinc in a per­cent­age of about 65 to 35. After such a pro­ce­dure, you will have a dark zinc coat­ing on your hands.
  • If you have a keen ear, try throw­ing your sil­ver item from a cer­tain height onto a flat, hard sur­face. The sound will be loud and sonorous, which can­not be said about fakes.
  • Anoth­er way is to hold the met­al with a mag­net. If sil­ver is real, it will nev­er be attract­ed to it, since this met­al is from the cat­e­go­ry of dia­mag­net­ics.

All that you read about above does not require any addi­tion­al acces­sories and will be con­ve­nient for you if you are not at home.

Below we give a num­ber of exam­ples of how to check sil­ver while at home.

  • The eas­i­est way is to check the pre­cious met­al with chalk. Just rub the sil­ver item with chalk. If it dark­ens, then it is a pre­cious met­al.
  • You can also do it with a lapis pen­cil. After you rub the prod­uct with it, after a while your sil­ver will dark­en in the place where they touched.
  • If, after mak­ing a cou­ple of scratch­es with a nee­dle on the inside of the jew­el­ry, you notice a met­al of a dif­fer­ent shade, then this is def­i­nite­ly not the orig­i­nal sil­ver.
  • The eas­i­est way is to go to a phar­ma­cy and buy a “sil­ver test” there. Fol­low­ing the instruc­tions on the pack­age, you will one hun­dred per­cent under­stand the noble met­al in front of you or a fake.
  • If you have sul­fu­ric oint­ment at home, you can smear it on a sil­ver item. If the met­al is pre­cious, it is in this place that a blue stain will remain, which you can eas­i­ly clean off lat­er.

Anoth­er way is to check the sil­ver prod­uct with iodine. So, if your met­al is not a fake, then after you drop iodine on it, a yel­low spot will remain on the prod­uct, which is not always eas­i­ly erased. To do this, you will need ammo­nia or soda. But look, do not over­do it, soda can leave small scratch­es and if it is a sil­ver coin, it is bet­ter to avoid this. Try sim­ply mak­ing a soapy solu­tion and scrub the area with a tooth­brush. Well, if a light coat­ing appears, this indi­cates that iodine has react­ed with the met­al and you have an obvi­ous fake in your hands.

We have told you a con­sid­er­able num­ber of ways to deter­mine the authen­tic­i­ty of sil­ver. And, nev­er­the­less, the surest way is to buy jew­el­ry in a cer­ti­fied store. Then you will be 100% sure of the qual­i­ty of the item you have pur­chased.

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