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How Can You Tell If a Silver Bucket Is Sterling Silver or Silver-Plated?
by cynix in Hobbies, Games & Toys
For an item to be classed as sterling silver, it must contain 925 parts silver per thousand -- otherwise known as .925 fineness. Silver plate is a cheaper alternative whereby a thin layer of silver is applied electrochemically to a base metal body. People use ice buckets made out of sterling silver or silver plate for serving wine and champagne. Solid silver ice buckets are much rarer than the pl

How to Tell the Difference Between Sterling Silver and Silver-Plated Items
by tamizhvendan in Hobbies, Games & Toys
Sterling silver is a term used to describe solid silver of 0.925 fineness -- that is, silver that contains 925 parts of silver per 1000 parts. Silver-plated items have a thin coating of silver over a base metal body. Most silver-plated items are electroplated nickel silver, or E.P.N.S., in which the plating is achieved through an electrochemical process. An earlier mechanical process, known as "Sh

How to Recover Silver From Silver-Plated Scrap
by Kumar Anand in Hobbies, Games & Toys
It is possible to recover silver from silver-plated items, but it is a dangerous process best done by professionals. There are several reason for recovering silver, such as using it to plate something else or replate the original item with new silver. If you have enough scrap silver, you might even be able to sell it, or make some jewelry.Difficulty:ChallengingInstructions Things You'll Need
What Is the Difference Between German Silver & Sterling Silver?
by lwl_seu in Hobbies, Games & Toys
German silver and sterling silver may be the same color and have a similar shine and gleam, but that doesn't make them the same. The difference lies in content. Sterling silver contains 92.5 percent pure silver, while German silver contains no silver at all. Another name for German silver is "nickel silver." German silver was used to make trade goods that 18th-century European explorers bartered w

How to Identify Sterling Silver vs. Plated Silver
by kaktos in Fashion, Style & Personal Care
Silver jewelry comes in various forms, including sterling and plated. Sterling has 92.5 percent silver content; plated has a thin layer of silver bonded to a base metal. Sterling silver is more expensive and retains its value over time because of its high silver content. Sterling and plated have similar characteristics, sometimes making it difficult to discern between the two. If you know what det

How to Tell the Difference Between Solid Silver & Plated Silver
by Matthieu Bozec in Hobbies, Games & Toys
Silver objects come in two varieties. Sterling silver, or solid silver, is comprised of 92.5 percent pure silver combined with 7.5 percent copper. Plated silver, on the other hand, is comprised of a thin layer of silver that has been layered on top of a heavier, cheaper metal. Typical tests that are used to determine whether the surface of an object is silver, such as nitric acid or oxidation test

German Silver Compared to Sterling Silver
by shortylickens in Hobbies, Games & Toys
People often confuse German silver and sterling silver. Both are shiny white metals and both are used in jewelry, serving pieces, flatware and decorative accents. But beneath the shiny surface, these two metals are not at all alike. For instance, one has a high intrinsic value based just on its weight while the value of the other depends entirely on what it's been made into. Metals ComparedThe

How to Prepare Silver Oxide From Silver Nitrate
by avi in Hobbies, Games & Toys
While silver is often most appreciated for its metallic luster, the element also plays an important role in several intriguing chemical reactions. This often unnoticed quality is made more obvious when silver nitrate is utilized to create silver oxide, during which silver and its compounds undergo changes in both state and color.
Silver oxide, produced by the formula 2 AgNO3(aq) + 2 NaOH(aq)

How to Use Essential Silver Colloidal Silver Spray
by compcons in Health
Silver has a long history of treating illness. According to the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Research Program, Ancient Greeks and Romans stored liquids in silver vessels to keep the liquid fresh and pure. During the European plagues, many believed eating and drinking from silver dishes and utensils protected them from disease. Colloidal silver consists of pure metal silver dissolved in a protein suspens

Difference between Biotic Silver & Colloidal Silver
by jcwagers in Health
Biotic silver and colloidal silver are both natural health remedies used as antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal agents. Both consist of microscopic amounts of silver processed to remain in suspension in water. Form of SilverColloidal silver is composed of approximately 50 to 80 percent silver particles and the balance as silver ions. Biotic silver is composed of silver powder combined with a

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