How Can I Tell If Something Is Silver?

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You will need to look over the silver and look for the identifying numbers 925. If you are unable to locate these numbers you can have the jewelry looked at by a trained jeweler. They will be able to tell you if it is in fact made of silver.
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The best way to tell is something is look for the engraving that says silver. Another way to spot real silver is give it a nitric acid test. Take a drop of the acid and put it on the silver. If the acid turns bright red it is pure silver.
You can tell if something is silver or not by checking for marks. They are usually on the bottom of, say, candlesticks. Jewelery will be stamped on the inside of a ring or the clasp of a necklace. It will either say .925 or 'Sterling.'
Most items made of genuine sterling silver is almost always clearly marked, usually on the underside or inside of a ring for example. Look for a stamped number that says '925' or higher, or a fraction like '925/1000'. If not marked, consult with a jeweler or buy a Gold and Silver commercial test kit.
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