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What is 800 silver?

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The 800 mark on silver refers to the purity of the metal. Pure silver has a 1,000 grade value. Silver with an 800 grade value is a silver alloy containing 800 parts silver and 200 parts other metals.

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What is 800 silver?
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This type of silver is sometimes known as coin silver. This grade of silver is not considered good enough for most jewelry-making purposes, although it was used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to make jewelry in continental Europe. It has not been used as jewelry-grade silver in the United States. Silver with an 800 grade is, however, used in silver plating because it can withstand a high firing temperature.

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