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iconnumber posted 01-26-2002 02:53 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How can I tell if a piece of jewllery is sterling silver or just silver plated?

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iconnumber posted 02-08-2002 01:12 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You need to take a jewelers loupe- 10X power or higher and carefully examine the piece. If you don't find any marks that might indicate the silver content (ie: numbers such as 925 for sterling or letters like EPNS that stand for electroplated nickel silver), you need to look for wear spots. Usually, a plated item will have high spots (areas that were rubbed a lot in cleaning) that are more worn. These areas will typically show a brassy finish under the plating. Other tests include acid test and the old magnet trick. If a magnet sticks to it, it is not sterling. What is the piece in question? Are there any marks on it? Good luck with it!

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iconnumber posted 02-10-2002 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for t-man-nc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just tried the magnet test and I could not get it to work On EPC Eletro Plate on Copper, or on NS Nickle Silver... ? Couldn't get the magnet to stick to a penny either...?

The flex test is the one I count on if the piece is not maked...

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