When something is silver plated, it is covered in a thin layer of silver. Most often, silver plating relates to jewelry, but other items can also be covered in silver.
Silver plating may be done for a variety of reasons. Coating an object in silver can inhibit corrosion, decorate an object, improve paint adhesion or give a high-gloss finish to jewelry. Plating objects as small as atoms is actually possible. Therefore, silver and gold plating is sometimes used in nanotechnology. Silver plating has been used since the 18th century where it provided people with less expensive household items that, in their pure silver forms, would be too expensive for everyone to afford. An example of this is cutlery.Learn More
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.Full Answer >
The easiest way to tell if something is real gold or gold plate is by holding a magnet up to the piece and waiting for the metal inside the piece to attract to it. If the piece is gold-plated, it is instantly connected to the magnet. If the piece is solid gold, it does not connect.Full Answer >
Silver has been in use dating back to prehistoric times. The precise date of discovery is not known; however, silver objects have been found dating back to 3000 B.C.Full Answer >
Producers obtain silver from mining naturally occurring silver deposits. Silver is also commonly produced as a byproduct of refining other metals. Silver is found in argentite and horn silver and is also extracted from lead, gold, copper, zinc and nickel ores. Standard commercial grade silver is 99.9 percent pure, however, silver is available in purities as high as 99.999 percent.Full Answer >