Three quick and easy methods for testing silver

SILVER: very ductile malleable brilliant greyish-white element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. It occurs free and in argentite and other ores: used in jewelery, tableware, coinage, electrical contacts, and in electroplating.

How do you determine if your silver is real, or fake?  

Well, the first and most obvious way is to find the marking  (if it has one).  It may require a magnifying glass, as they are almost always in small print.  If it says “Sterling .925”, then it would mean that it is 92.5% silver.  If it does NOT have a marking, here are the three quickest and easiest ways to gauge the purity of your silver:

#1. The Magnet Test

Silver is not magnetic, so if you place a strong Neodymium magnet on silver, it should not easily stick to it.  If it does stick, it is not silver.  However, just because the magnet does not stick does not mean that it is in fact, silver.

#2.  The Ring Test

When silver is tapped, it has a nice ring to it.  If you want to test a coin, flick it into the air or gently tap it with another coin.  In both instances, you should be able to hear a high-pitched ring that last for about 1-2 seconds.  Of course we do not recommend flicking other silver items in the air!  But coins are generally not damaged by this method.

#3.  The Ice Test

With the highest electrical conductivity of any element, silver also has the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. If you place an ice cube on a silver coin or bar, the ice will begin to melt immediately. Obviously, ice will melt if placed on anything at room temperature, for example, but if placed on silver it will melt much more quickly, and impressively. Try it!

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