Ways to Test Silver

As much as you would enjoy acquiring some silver from coin dealers, it is essential to acquaint yourself with the different ways of testing Silver. Do what is required before you look for silver buyers.

First method: Glancing for a seal

Items that are publicised and auctioned as silver and sold internationally should be engraved based on their silver capacity. When there is no stamp, you should be sceptical. It could be real silver just created in a country that doesn’t require stamping.

Analyse the global silver label mark

It would help if you glanced at the silver portion with a magnifying glass. International leaders of silver will imprint silver as 925,900 or 800.  This amount reflects the percentage of silver, which is 9.25%

Second test: Testing the magnetic traits

The best lure is a powerful magnet such as the rare-earth magnet made of neodymium. Silver is usually paramagnetic and only exhibits soft metals. When a magnet clasps firmly on the piece, it has a ferromagnetic substance, not silver.

  • It would help if you remembered that some materials are coated with silver and are not legit silver. That’s why you should do a magnetic test to confirm that the core is real silver and not just a fake coating.

Try the sliding test

You could angle your magnet at 45 degrees angle then slide your magnet down it. The magnet is supposed to slide down slowly down the face of the bar.

Third test: The ice test.

Have some ice on hand

It would help if you placed your silver merchandise in the freezer. Though it may seem like silver and ice, don’t go together. Silver has the highest thermal conductivity of any familiar metal or alloy—this method is best with coins rather than jewellery.

Place your chunk of ice promptly on the silver.

You will see the ice starting to melt as if it had been placed on something hit rather than something that’s room temperature.

Fourth test: Ring test.

Try the ring trial with any coin.

When silver items are tapped on another metal, it makes a love bell-like ringing sound. When you don’t want to try this first, you could look for a US quarter made before 1965.  The older quarter gives you a high pitched clear ringing tone.

Drop your currency on the smooth ground from about six inches above.

When the coin makes a bell ringing sound, you have a real silver coin with you, but when it makes a dull sound, the silver coin has been coated with other materials

Fifth test: Chemical examination trial.

When you don’t have a stamp, you could use the chemical examination trial. It would help if you remembered to wear gloves because the chemical you’re using is very corrosive.

  • It would help if you remembered that the chemical you’re using could corrode your silver item. If you believe that your item is precious, you could use methods other than this.

Purchase a silver acid match.

You could purchase this acid on eBay, Amazon or at any jewellery store. This works best with pure silver products.  You could also get a small jewelers file to make a mark.