How to Identify Silver?

Carcano

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One of my nieces brought home a necklace she bought at a garage sale a few days ago. She paid all of five dollars for it, but as soon as I picked it up I noticed it was quite heavy.

Hmm, I said, maybe this is real silver...which would make it worth 40-50 bucks just for the melt value.

Wowee, she shouted...or maybe its platinum!

Dont push your luck kiddo. :cool:

So I got a magnet, and sure enough its not magnetic. Most junk jewelry is magnetic.

I'm still not sure though. It could be sterling silver, but then it would usually have a 925 stamp on it somewhere...indicating 92.5% silver alloy with copper or zinc.

Or it could be plated??? I just dont know.

Is there anyway to identify real silver without destroying the piece?

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Why not just take it to a jewler and let them examine it for you. That way you'll see how they test so you can do it next time. ;)
 
Why not just take it to a jewler and let them examine it for you. That way you'll see how they test so you can do it next time. ;)
I think jewelers use some kind of acid test.

Or maybe they measure the volume against mass...using the water displacement method discovered by Archimedes.
 
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