This precious metal comes in at number 47 of the periodic table, and it’s chemical symbol is Ag. Silver has become rather trendy in today’s world, but it has been used by countless generations before us. Like gold, this metal, while in it’s purest form, is soft and easy to shape. That’s why silver is perfect for making jewelry and settings. It’s also a great conductor of electricity, much like gold, and is often used to solder circuit boards. Over the years, it’s been used as currency, and adding flare to decorations and clothing, and to make cutlery with. Today, it has a wide range of uses, including photography film, chemical compounds, and even disinfectants.
Sterling silver is sometimes mistaken as pure silver because of how it looks. However, sterling silver is actually an alloy that contains 92.5% pure silver, which is the standard amount for today, while the rest is other metals. The reason for this is because pure silver is too soft to make anything like cutlery and such. When you buy a piece that is labeled “Sterling Silver”, make sure to look the item over for a number stamped into it. That number should be 925, which indicates that the piece contains 92.5% silver.Like platinum, silver is graded on a scale of 1000 parts. So, let’s say a piece is stamped 575. That means that piece is 57.5% silver, and the rest of it is other metals. Keep that in mind when you go to buy. If it doesn't have 925 stamped on it, you will want to go somewhere else.