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How to Check the Originality of a Sterling Silver Bracelet?

How to Check the Originality of a Sterling Silver Bracelet?

05/12/2022 | Desiregem

Silver has been an essential part of society long before gold was properly introduced. Be it Jewelry or Coins, Silver was important. However, as the years went by, the demand decreased slowly as gold took precedence.

 

In recent years, the demand for silver has been rising again, especially in the jewelry market. The young generation is more interested in the aesthetic designs that silver Jewelleries offer. But there is always an issue with the quality of silver. 

 

Many people see the silver jewelry design and buy it and later regret it as it is easy to cheat people of their hard-earned money using cheap metals or bad quality silver. It is said that Sterling Silver is the best for Jewelry purposes. Let's look at the things people should look for while buying wholesale Sterling Silver Bracelets.

 

Copper Green Turquoise Bracelet
Copper Green Turquoise Bracelet

 

3 Methods to Check Originality of a Sterling Silver Bracelet

 

Look for Silver Grade Specifications or Hallmarks

 

Silver has its purity ratings issued by the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards), and it has been in circulation since 2005. As per BIS, people should look for 4 things on Silver Jewelleries; BIS Logo, Purity Grade, Hallmarking Center's Identification Mark, and Jeweler's Identification Mark. 

 

BIS has removed the year of hallmarking from 2017 onwards. People need to carefully check the above information while buying jewelry from any Silver Jewelry Manufacturer. Please refrain from buying if they offer any silver jewelry without hallmarking it.

 

Guava Quartz Bracelet
Guava Quartz Bracelet

 

Silvers of grades 999, 9995 & 9999 are considered Fine Silver and can be bought as Coins or Bars. From 990 to 925, silver is considered Jewelry quality, and sterling silver will be imprinted with marks like 925 or 92.5, or .925 to mark its authenticity. 

 

Be on the lookout for these signs. You are likely to be needing Magnifying glass to see the Hallmark in the Sterling Silver Bracelet. The bottom line is that the more aware you are of the Silver Grade Specifications, the less likely you will be cheated.

 

Perform Physical Tests to Check Originality of the Jewelry

 

There are certain Physical tests you can perform to test for authentic silver. Don't worry; your jewelry will be safe.

 

The first one is a Magnet Test. Silver is not a magnetic metal. So it would be best if you used very strong magnets on the Silver Bracelet. If it gets stuck to a magnet easily, it is likely a fake, and sterling silver will never stick.

 

You can perform a Sound Test as well. Try hitting the alleged silver ring with another metal tool. The silver is real if you hear a high-pitched ringing sound and vibration that lasts a few seconds. If the tune is duller or deeper, it indicates the metal to be copper or steel alloys.

 

Piece - Azurite Chrysocolla Bracelet
Piece - Azurite Chrysocolla Bracelet

 

You can do an oxidation test as well. Use any oxidation agent on the Sterling Silver Bracelet, and if it gets black, it's original silver. But it will disfigure the ring's beauty, so it is not recommended.

 

Another way is to take a clean cloth and rub it hard on exposed sections of the bracelet. If it does not turn black, most likely, the metal is either copper or an alloy of steel. Due to the irreparable damage to the jewelry in question, this method is not recommended either.

 

Get an Appraisal

 

Still, if you are not satisfied with the ring's authenticity, please get it appraised by experts. But most likely, you will have to pay the fee for the appraisal. So if you are serious about buying only authentic silver jewelry, this is a good option to follow through.

 

Ocean Jasper Bracelet
Ocean Jasper Bracelet

 

Final Thoughts and a Trusted Place to Buy Sterling Silver

 

As you can see, it is very easy to cheat unaware folks of their money. So the issue of trust is really important.

 

That's where we come in. At Desire Gem, customer satisfaction is our prime goal. As one of the largest manufacturers in the country, we create the jewelry ourselves, so there's no chance to supply metals other than silver. With our low making charges and selling Sterling Silver Bracelet wholesale, we provide the jewelry lower than others. Please visit our website to know more.