Different Types of Silver and Their Purity Standards for the Best Buy

Different Types of Silver and Their Purity Standards for the Best Buy

From ornamental to medicinal, silver is a metal that has been treasured by a myriad of cultures and generations since time immemorial. Whether it is tableware, artefacts, home décor accessories or jewelry, with its coruscating shine and sparkle, silver is used extensively to create stunning products across the globe.

The beauty of silver is eternal and it has undoubtedly won many hearts. If you too are inspired enough to introduce your jewelry casket to some incredible pieces of silver ornaments, then you have landed in the right place.

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Situated at the city of lakes- Udaipur, Chokhahaar has everything you must be looking for. In this blog, we are going to inform our discerning clients and curious souls about the different types of silver and their purity standards so that you can gain the best shopping experience. Let’s know silver!

  1. Fine .999 Silver

An epitome of purity, this is the finest and purest form with 99.9 % of the silver content. This silver is too soft to be used to create jewelry, and thus, it is used to make bullion bars for international commodities trading and investment in silver. It is easily bent, scratched, and can be molded in any shape owing to its fragility. This is the reason why it is not used to create durable articles and jewelry as it eventually wears off with time. The most common quality stamp on this metal is .999 FS or just .999.


  1. Sterling Silver .925

This is an alloy of 92.5 % (.925) silver and 7.5% (.075) copper. This alloy is called sterling silver and is used to create mesmerizing silver accessories and jewelry. With the right amalgamation of copper and other metals like nickel, this type of silver is sturdy and durable. In addition, the mix of other metals in the alloy makes it more shiny and lustrous in color.

Chokhahaar hosts an exclusive collection of curated sterling silver accessories like necklaces, earrings, bangles, bracelets, rings, foot kada, and whatnot.Though the 92.5 sterling silver jewelry has its unique charm and glory, it gets tarnished with time for the reason that it has the content of copper which has the tendency to get darker after coming into frequent contact with air and water. However, the best tarnish cleaning solutions are available to get rid of the discoloration or oxidized jewelry. The quality stamp in the sterling silver accessories is .925. 


  1. Argentium Silver

Called as one of the new generation of silver alloys, Argentium silver is tarnish-resistant silver alloys. It has the percentages of zinc and boron and contains silver either 93.5 % or 96%. As it is fairly new to the market, people are not really aware of Argentium alloys that have some of the copper with metalloid germanium. The presence of such elements makes the silver resistant to tarnish under extreme weather conditions. It is more expensive than sterling silver as it is less readily available in the market. 


  1. Coin Silver

It consists of 90% silver and 10% copper. The name is derived from the historic times when items were made by metalsmiths by melting down the scrap coins. With higher silver content, it is marked with a quality stamp of .900 and usually comes with the certificate of authenticity.


  1. Silver Plated

In such types of articles and accessories, a thin layer of silver is applied to the base. The silver content is lesser and thus it is highly affordable for imitation or costume jewelry lovers. With less purity and authenticity, it lacks lustre and eventually wears off with the passage of time.


  1. Nickel Silver

This inexpensive base metal consists of copper or zinc and almost no content of pure silver. It is more used by jewelers to create costume accessories and alloys such as stainless steel. As it resists tarnish and corrosion, it is mainly used in kitchen wares, medical equipment, power generation, transport, and so on.


  1. German Silver

Back in the 18th century, this type of silver was developed by German metal workers in Germany. They used it as a substitute for silver as it is comparatively much low in price. Basically, it is composed of Copper, Zinc and Nickel, and sometimes contains Tin and Lead as well. The percentage of Copper is approximately 50%-61.6%, Zinc from the range of 17.2- 19%, and Nickel from the range of 21.1% - 30%. As it is very light in weight, it can be easily distinguished from pure silver. It is highly resistant to tarnish for the fact that it doesn’t contain silver. German silver is used to create gift items, tableware, kitchenware, costume jewelry and last but not least musical instruments. 

Now that you are aware of the silver standards, you will know what to buy to adorn yourself. To up your fashion game, Chokhahaar has phenomenal pieces of jewelry in sterling silver that are not only aesthetically pleasing but are also durable and long-lasting. So, what are you waiting for? Visit Chokhahaar today and add to your cart the dreamy silver ornaments that are known for its purity and intricate designs.

 Post By - Jayati Roy Sharma

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