Silver is a naturally occurring white metal. However due to silvers extreme softness is not generally preferred for jewelry items intended to last. Just like the other metals silver also comes in different alloys of fineness.
Ultra Fine Silver
99.99% Silver (999.9). Similar to platinum this is the purest form at 9999 pure This is the most pure form of silver used generally in bullion and investment type silver (which we keep in stock)
99.9% Silver (999). Also similar to platinum as this form for many years was considered the purest form until we were able to calculate purity further. (most bullion is in this form and generally 999 is not used in jewelry)
92.5% silver (925) 92.5% of the object by weight is silver and 7.5% will be another alloy, usually copper. Usually jewelry and silverware are sterling silver. This is the most common used from of silver in jewelry. This alloy is used because of its relative stability and versatility!
900 or 90% was originally formed by melting coin down and making pieces out of it. Found more frequently in older jewelry
800 or 80% pure was used many years ago in jewelry but is not used today.
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