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Silver Marks

Silver jewelry and other silver items are often marked with symbols that indicate their purity level.  Over the years, systems were developed to indicate the company or person who made the item, as well as the year.

The British have long been recognized as the leaders in this area.  For instance, many marks have been used to indicate not only that a particular item is sterling, but also the region of the United Kingdom from which it comes.  If you would like to learn more, we refer you to the source on this topic: The Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Maker's Marks. This truly amazing resource provides illustration-rich information about marks from Britain, continental Europe, American and even Mexico.

Today, most sterling silver is simply marked with a small "925," usually hammered in an inconspicuous place on the piece.  Larger pieces might be given a "Sterling" impression.  Both appear on the example to the right.



Index Of Articles

"Silver 101"
"Sources of Silver"

"Sterling Silver Defined'"
"Silver Standards"

"Silver Marks and Hallmarks"

"Silver Testing Kits"

"The Silversmith"
"Silver Coins"

Plating & Treatments

"Silver Plated Jewelry"
"Gold Vermeil Jewelry"
"Rhodium Plated Sterling"
"Antiqued Silver"

Fake Silver Jewelry

"Alpaca Silver Jewelry"
"German Silver Jewelry"

Silver Jewelry Styles

"Bali Silver"
"Indian Silver"
"Thai Hill Tribe Silver"
"Tibetan Silver"
"Turkish Silver"

Silver Allergies

"Silver/Nickel Sensitivities"
"Hypoallergenic Jewelry"

Recent Developments

"Argentium® Sterling Silver"

"Silver PMC®"

"The Origins of Tarnish"

"Tarnish Removal"

"Firescale (Firestain)"

"Proper Silver Storage"

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