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Silver jewelry is incredibly popular because it holds a timeless beauty, is affordable, and it is extremely easy to maintain. The fact that it never goes out of style, and that it has unlimited options as far as style is concerned, only adds to its attractiveness. Therefore, if you are looking for something to switch up or enhance your style, going for silver jewelry is a no brainer.
However, before you go shopping for a silver heart necklace or any other silver jewelry, it is important to be aware that there are knock offs in the market. Knowing how to identify these knockoffs will help you to avoid the heartbreak of knowing that you have been taken advantage of. It will also help to avoid the embarrassment that always comes with wearing fake jewelry. Here is what you should know about how to identify fake silver.
Check for labels
While not all genuine silver items have stamps on them, most of them do. Therefore, this is the easiest way to confirm whether your silver jewelry is genuine or not. You should look for an inscription that identifies the item that you are purchasing as sterling silver. Most items will have either the word “sterling” or simply the letters ”ster”. If you find any of these inscriptions on your piece, it means that it is extremely close to pure silver.
The other label that should help you to know whether your piece is made of silver are the labels that identify the purity of the silver that is used. In most cases, you should be able to see the numbers 925, 900, or 800, which are essential indicators of how much silver per unit is used to make the item.
Bleach tarnishes silver
One of the reasons why it is always advisable to take off your silver jewelry before going to a swim, taking a shower or putting on lotion or makeup, is because of its susceptibility to reacting with chemicals. One of the chemicals that react with silver is bleach. Therefore, you can use bleach to test whether your silver is fake or not.
To carry out this test, all you need is a tiny drop of bleach. Simply place it on your jewelry and then wait for a few minutes. If it is not fake, it should start tarnishing as soon as it reacts with the chemicals that are contained in the bleach. However, if it is fake silver, you will not see any tarnishing effect.
It is important to note that you can easily remove the tarnish by wiping it down with a mild silver cleanser. Also, it is worth noting that this test is only good when it comes to distinguishing silver from other metals that do not react with bleach. Therefore, you are bound to find that some metals can react with the bleach even if they are not silver. However, when you use this test with the others on this list, you will be able to get pretty great results as far as testing reliability is concerned.
Magnets can help
A great and easy way to tell whether you are looking at real silver jewelry or not is to use a magnet. Silver is classified as paramagnetic. This means that unlike some metals that have a strong reaction to magnets, silver only exhibits mild reactions. Therefore, placing the jewelry next to a magnet is an easy way to tell real silver jewelry from fake jewelry.
To do this, you first need to get a strong magnet. A neodymium strong earth magnet is a great example. To test the authenticity of the jewelry, simply bring it close to the jewelry and then note the reaction. When you test the same magnet against items that are made of iron, it will be easy to gauge the degree to which it reacts to the magnet.
These are the best ways to make sure that you are getting genuine silver items. They will come in handy in helping to protect you from being taken advantage of.