Global Silver samples. Sterling Silver. The best sample of silver

Silver samples. Sterling Silver. The best sample of silver


A char­ac­ter­is­tic of the qual­i­ty and authen­tic­i­ty of sil­ver is its sam­ple. This is a con­ven­tion­al name for a sign that is applied to a sil­ver object, regard­less of whether it is an ingot, or a chain, or sim­ply a spoon, or a cig­a­rette case. Cur­rent­ly in use met­ric sys­tem, that is, the appli­ca­tion of a three-dig­it num­ber that indi­cates the per­cent­age of sil­ver and oth­er met­als. For exam­ple:

  • 99.9% sil­ver — 999 stan­dard,
  • 92, 5% — 925,
  • 80% — 800 respec­tive­ly and so on.

999 sample

It is gen­er­al­ly accept­ed that the high­est is not 1000, as some of the sources claim, but 999. Already at the time of extrac­tion, 1 per­cent of impu­ri­ties are present in nature, which can­not be avoid­ed. In this form, sil­ver is used for ingots in which it is stored in a bank, for exclu­sive coins that can be col­lect­ed or as a coat­ing for the decor of some non-domes­tic items. For house­hold items, includ­ing jew­el­ry, it is not suit­able due to its high fragili­ty, ease of mechan­i­cal dam­age and fragili­ty. It is impos­si­ble to use it, as it crum­bles, breaks, bends eas­i­ly.

800 sample

To cor­rect this sit­u­a­tion, oth­er met­als are added to sil­ver, which make it durable. The most com­mon is cop­per. If there is a large amount of it in the alloy, then sil­ver los­es its white­ness. Basi­cal­ly, these are sil­ver­ware or col­lectible can­dle­sticks, coast­ers, frames, church uten­sils, which are slight­ly yel­low­ish. They are more prone to oxi­da­tion, as a result of the inter­ac­tion of the met­al with air, water or oth­er fac­tors. This is not an indi­ca­tor of a lack of qual­i­ty, it is sim­ply solved by clean­ing the prod­uct mechan­i­cal­ly, with soap baths, tooth pow­der or spe­cial wipes. The most com­mon option is that it will be an 800 sam­ple, we look at the per­cent­age above.

Did you know that to pre­vent dark­en­ing (black­en­ing) of sil­ver ele­ments, their sur­face is coat­ed with rhodi­um.

Most of all, sil­ver has found its appli­ca­tion in the pro­duc­tion of jew­el­ry. The name already indi­cates the sil­ver col­or of the met­al, with a char­ac­ter­is­tic white tint. Sil­ver is suit­able for all kinds of jew­el­ry, be it rings, ear­rings, pen­dants, chains or bracelets. There are many peo­ple who pre­fer sil­ver to gold, despite the fact that it is an order of mag­ni­tude cheap­er. Sil­ver has an exter­nal resem­blance to white gold and even plat­inum. It sets off well and com­bines with gem­stones of all col­ors due to its white­ness. Some pre­fer sil­ver because of its ener­gy. It is believed that sil­ver absorbs neg­a­tive ener­gy, helps to get rid of dis­eases and car­ries a pos­i­tive charge for the body.

925 sample

Jew­el­ers use 925 proof. It does not oxi­dize, does not have yel­low­ness, is strong enough and is not scratched so much. Belongs to the num­ber of high-grade alloys. The col­or is white, very sim­i­lar to plat­inum, the least sus­cep­ti­ble to oxi­da­tion com­pared to oth­er sil­ver “broth­ers”. This com­bi­na­tion is so pop­u­lar that it has been dubbed the “sil­ver stan­dard”. Its sec­ond name is ster­ling sil­ver. It is used in mint­ing coins and jew­el­ry. In addi­tion, it is used in the pro­duc­tion of ion­iz­ers.

Chains, bracelets, rings and ear­rings made of rough sil­ver dark­en over time, but are well cleaned. The price per gram of sil­ver jew­el­ry is cal­cu­lat­ed based on the price of pure sil­ver, which is set by the nation­al bank of the coun­try like the exchange rate for for­eign cur­ren­cy. Based on this, the price of sil­ver items and jew­el­ry is deter­mined, includ­ing the cost of the work of crafts­men and oth­er relat­ed costs of pro­duc­tion and mar­ket­ing.

The price of this noble met­al, like the cur­ren­cy, is con­stant­ly chang­ing. But it is enough to divide the sam­ple val­ue by 1000 and mul­ti­ply by the cur­rent cost of 1 g. pure sil­ver to cal­cu­late the cost of 1 gr. spe­cif­ic sam­ple to date.

Cur­rent­ly, a gram of 925 sil­ver costs (as of Octo­ber 31, 2017) 13.35 UAH.

84 sample

84 sam­ple can be on the old col­lec­tion items of Tsarist Rus­sia. In our time, sam­ples have three dig­its, at that time there were only two dig­its. But even at that time they put a test to con­firm the authen­tic­i­ty of the prod­uct. Prod­ucts of this sam­ple are expen­sive, not because they con­tain a lot of sil­ver, but because of their atti­tude to the cat­e­go­ry of antiques. You can only buy it at antique shops. The val­ue of this sil­ver is that only 875 items of this sam­ple were made in Rus­sia. At the same time, the price per gram is not more than the cost of 999 sam­ples.

What is the best sample?

It is impos­si­ble to answer this ques­tion unam­bigu­ous­ly. For exam­ple, from the point of view of invest­ing mon­ey, it is most rea­son­able to pur­chase the 925th.

By the way, the sam­ples men­tioned above refer to the met­ric sys­tem of mea­sure­ment. But there are oth­er sys­tems as well. It:

  • carat (used in the USA and Cana­da);
  • spool (it was used in the old days, on some dec­o­ra­tions of those times you can see that the sam­ple was affixed in cer­tain mea­sures — spools);
  • ster­ling (not a sep­a­rate sys­tem, but it has come into use with smart entre­pre­neurs; in fact, it means 925 sil­ver).

Con­fir­ma­tion of the authen­tic­i­ty of the sam­ple, and, accord­ing­ly, of the prod­uct, is the brand. Be care­ful when buy­ing sil­ver items, they must have the above-men­tioned mark of the estab­lished state stan­dard. The stig­ma is stan­dard­ized, and may change in dif­fer­ent coun­tries. For exam­ple, in our coun­try it is often per­formed in the form of a chest­nut leaf or a tri­dent.

We hope this arti­cle will help you under­stand the issues of test­ing sil­ver prod­ucts, as well as save you from buy­ing low-qual­i­ty or fake goods.


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