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Caring for Your Antique Silver

Our fascination with silver can be traced back to ancient Greece and Turkey. In fact, evidence points to the mining of silver there as early as 3000.B.C., as reported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Pure silver isn’t suitable for making jewelry or silverware because it’s too soft. For this reason, items like that are generally made using sterling silver, which is an alloy containing 7.5% copper and 92.5% silver. However, other metals are occasionally used. Sterling silver products made in the 19th or 20th century were ordinarily marked with either the number “925” or the word “Sterling.”

If you enjoy collecting beautiful antique silver pieces or own precious antique silver items that have been passed down in your family for generations, you’ll want to care for your sterling silver carefully. The Victoria and Albert Museum offers advice for keeping your silver in top condition, whether it’s antique silverware, sterling candlesticks, or your great-grandmother’s sterling silv

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