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What is better, silver or sterling silver?

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Silver is considered to be higher-quality than sterling silver. Silver is comprised nearly completely of silver, while sterling silver is an alloy that is comprised of silver and other metals.

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Unlike silver, sterling silver is approximately 7.5 percent copper. Although copper is the standard metal blended with silver to form sterling silver, other metals are also used from time to time. Sterling silver is most commonly utilized in jewelry and silverware. Fine silver is approximately 99.99 percent silver. So-called pure silver is not suitable for use in making jewelry, silverware or nearly anything else; it is too soft and breaks too easily.

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