(Closed) Silver alloy – What does that mean?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
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“Does silver alloy mean that it might be some shitty material and it’s just covered by silver (which washes off after a while)? “

Yes. Except it’s not even covered in silver, is just a mix of silver and base metals. Will prob turn your finger green. Real sterling silver is stamped 925. That ring Is 25 for a reason!

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dalia88: Pure silver and pure gold are both too soft to use for jewelry (or much of anything) so they are always alloyed with other metals. Gold uses karats to tell you how much gold is in the alloy: 24kt is pure gold, 18kt is 75% pure gold, 14kt is almost 60%, etc. Silver varies, but sterling silver must be at least 92.5% pure silver.  If it’s not marked Sterling, and no % or mark reveals how much silver, it’s probably pretty low. Whether it will turn your finger green or not depends on what it’s alloyed with and how your body chemistry reacts with those metals.

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