March 15, 2021 3 min read
Here we discuss some of the ways to tell the difference between genuine sterling silver jewellery and lower quality imitations.
Pure silver is too soft for creating jewellery so it is alloyed with a small proportion of other metals, such as copper, to create a strong and malleable material, perfect for making jewellery. Sterling Silver is the international standard of purity for real silver jewellery, containing 92.5%.
Silver plated jewellery is where the jewellery is made from a cheap base metal such as brass and then coated with just a very thin layer of silver plate. This top layer can be scratched or rubbed off, eventually exposing the metal underneath.
The Magnet Test
The magnet test is a really simple way to verify the authenticity of sterling silver jewelry. Get an ordinary magnet and hold the piece your jewellery near it. Precious metals such as gold and silver are not magnetic, so if your jewellery is attracted to the magnet, you can be sure that your piece isn’t real silver.
Buy From A Retailer You Can Trust
The best way to be sure that you are buying genuine sterling silver jewellery is to purchase from a reputable jeweller. Retailers who sell precious metal jewellery made from sterling silver or gold are legally obliged to display a 'Dealers Notice', like that below, explaining hallmarking. A reputable jeweller will always be happy to tell you what your jewellery is made from, and will be able to prove it.
If you have any queries about hallmarking, or the hallmarks on your Azendi jewellery, our in-store teams or our Customer Service team are happy to help with any advice. You can contact our customer service team here: Contact Us