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    Is sterling silver different from solid silver and does solid silver come in wire form and if it does is it easy to manipulate?
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    Sterling Silver refers to the purity, like Fine Silver and the various karats for real gold. Sterling Silver is 92.5% pure silver, with the remainder being alloys used to give it strength. Pure silver is a very soft metal so it needs the extra oomph for durability. Fine Silver is 99.9% pure silver - PMC produces a metal that is 99.9% pure. Only silver that is 92.5% pure can be called Sterling.

    The term 'solid silver', as I understand it, is just a catch-all phrase to mean that the only component in an item is silver. You hear about 'solid silver tea pots' and the like. [I always wonder why they say that, because quite clearly they're not solid silver, otherwise where does the tea go?]

    Both Sterling Silver and Fine Silver are available in wire of varying gauges and tempers. The easiest to manipulate is Soft, but it's a bit too flexible for most uses. Good for wrapping, though. Half-Hard is the middle ground, and is suitable for most things, and Fully Hard can be a swine.
    Last edited by Pretty things; 19-02-2011, 03:49 PM. Reason: bad grammar ....
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    • #3
      Good explanation Heather. I can't add anything to it.

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      • #4
        Thank you Heather. I work with sterling silver wire so I doubted what I knew about it when a customer asked for solid silver and not sterling silver, but I suspect what I have created may not be what he wants I think he is looking for someone to mould him a pendant out of silver rather than bend wires into one. Any one up for a challenge if he's not into my work?
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          • #6
            Sterling Silver is a good standard to set for silver jewellery. It is beautiful and pliable, and is generally of respected quality.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by appatite View Post
              Sterling Silver is a good standard to set for silver jewellery. It is beautiful and pliable, and is generally of respected quality.
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