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Silver Marks On Jewelry
 
  This Silver Mark page is my opinion of Silver Hallmarks. Sometimes marks partially or completely wear off or are fake, test silver when the appearance of the item looks questionable. I assume no liability.  
 
  Deceiving & Fake JUNK - Silver Marks  
  Don't be fooled, this is NOT silver. To generally decrease overhead costs, some producers of silver jewelry and kitchenware changed to nickel and other alloys that look and even sound like silver!  
     
Name Percentage of Silver Notes
Afghan Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Fake silver jewelry found on ebay
Afghanistan Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Fake silver jewelry found on ebay
Alpacca NO SILVER AT ALL Originally a German white brass, contains NO SILVER, 55 percent copper, 20 percent nickel, 20 percent zinc and 5 percent tin
Alpacca Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Originally a German white brass, contains NO SILVER
Alpaka NO SILVER AT ALL Common alternate spelling of Alpacca
Artisan Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Fake silver jewelry found on ebay and at flea markets that is unmarked
Ashtadhatu
Ashta Dhatu
NO SILVER AT ALL  + TOXIC In the early century was a mixture of eight metals, with parts of Gold, Silver, Copper, Mercury, Lead, Iron, Zinc, Brass. Now it is just a gimmick to get you to buy and is likely 100% brass or TOXIC.
Brazil silver NO SILVER AT ALL Found on flatware
Chinese Silver NO SILVER AT ALL At one time was composed of 58% copper, 17% zinc, 12% nickel, 11% cobalt, and 2% silver. Purchased recently, it's likely to be 100% white brass unless it has an identifiable silver mark on it.
Cobalt Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Found on flatware
Danish Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Only if it is marked "Danish Silver", not if is simply from Denmark
Dutch Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Only if it is marked "Dutch Silver", without any other silver marks

DUTCH SILVER GUARANTEED

NO SILVER AT ALL Only if it is marked "DUTCH SILVER GUARANTEED", not if it is simply Dutch silver, might be silver plated
Deep Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Found on flatware
German Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Found on jewelry & flatware
Miao Silver NO SILVER AT ALL How convenient, a silver content (30%) so low you can't test for it. Likely just white brass and not a drop of silver, don't be fooled
Nickel Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Found on fake U.S. coins like Morgan dollars, jewelry & flatware
Not Marked - at all NO SILVER AT ALL    >See Note Very likely no silver, sold at flea markets all over the world
Peruvian Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Only if it is marked "Peruvian Silver", not if is simply from Peru
Paktong NO SILVER AT ALL Chinese white brass, esp. found in fake U.S. Morgan dollars
Pure Silver    >See Note NO SILVER AT ALL    >See Note Sold at open markets as pure with NO Hallmarks, don't be fooled.
Silver           >See Note
NO SILVER AT ALL    >See Note
When used as a general term, it only refers to the color, used on ebay,  example: Silver watch or Silver ring (seems to refer to the color only).
Silver Mix NO SILVER AT ALL Fake silver jewelry found on ebay and flea markets
Silver Mixture NO SILVER AT ALL Fake silver jewelry found on ebay and flea markets
Silverode, silveroid,
silverore & silverine
NO SILVER AT ALL Used by the Watchcase Companies, made of nickel & copper
Silver Soldered

Generally not enough silver -
for silver recovery.
Molten silver alloy bonding used in production. Commonly done on copper items that will be silver plated. 
Sterling Plate Very little silver content Means silver plated, only novices use this term
Sterling Plated Very little silver content Means silver plated, only novices use this term
Sterling Silver Plated Very little silver content Means silver plated, only novices use this term
Tibet Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Fake silver jewelry found on ebay and at flea markets
Tibetan Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Fake silver jewelry found on ebay and at flea markets
Tribal Silver   >See Note

NO SILVER AT ALL    >See Note

Tribal Silver was originally unmarked 800-900% pure silver, but lately rip- off artists are claiming unmarked white brass is silver, don't be fooled.
Turkish Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Fake silver jewelry found on ebay
Turkoman Silver NO SILVER AT ALL Fake silver jewelry found on ebay
     
General Silver Plated Marks
Often silver plate is done over brass or copper.
Mark Note   Mark Note
EPNS Electro-plated nickel silver   Silver Overlay Silver Plated
Extra Plate Silver Plated   Silver Wash Silver Plated
International Silver or IS Silver Plated   Sterling Inlay Silver Plated on some parts
Quadruple Plate Silver Plated, 4 times   Sterling Silver Plated Silver Plated, NOT sold sterling
Silver Sands Silver Plated   Triple Plate Silver Plated, 3 times
Silver Over Copper Silver Plated   XS Silver Silver Plated
         
 
 Common Marks For Genuine Silver
This is the good stuff! Most countries mark silver with numerical fineness marks in thousandths,
for example: 800, 830, 900, 950, etc. Other symbols may be used in combination with these numbers.
Mark Percent Notes
800 contains 80 percent silver 800 parts per 1000 silver
813H contains 81 percent silver 813 parts per 1000 silver, H (Hopea) in Finnish stands for Silver
830 & 830 S contains 83 percent silver 830 parts per 1000 silver
835 contains 83.5 percent silver 835 parts per 1000 silver
850 contains 85 percent silver 850 parts per 1000 silver
875 contains 87.5 percent silver 875 parts per 1000 silver, common for Russian silver
900 contains 90 percent silver 900 parts per 1000 silver
916H contains 92 percent silver 916 parts per 1000 silver, H (Hopea) in Finnish stands for Silver
925 contains 92.5 percent silver 925 parts per 1000 silver
935 contains 93.5 percent silver 935 parts per 1000 silver, found on old world sterling
950 contains 95 percent silver 950 parts per 1000 silver
970  contains 97 percent silver 970 parts per 1000 silver
Coin contains 90 percent silver 900 parts per 1000 silver
Coin Silver contains 90 percent silver 900 parts per 1000 silver
Sterling, Sterling Silver contains 92.5 percent silver 925 parts per 1000 silver
Ster & terling contains 92.5 percent silver Common "worn mark" versions of Sterling, 925 parts per 1000 silver
STG
contains 92.5 percent silver
Stands for sterling silver, especially when accompanied by T. & CO. (Tiffany & Co.) or on items too small for hallmarks like small charms
TAXCO MEXICO contains 92.5 percent silver or more 925 parts per 1000 silver or more as marked (925, 970 or 980 etc)
Vermeil gold plate over 925 sterling gold plate over sterling, 925 parts per 1000 silver
     
     

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