What is the difference between sterling silver and silver plated?


Quick Answer

Sterling silver is .925 percent silver, whereas silver plated refers to a base metal, such as copper, that has a silver finish on top of it. Sterling silver can last forever if taken care of properly, unlike silver plated objects that can tarnish and fade over time.

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Sterling silver is a strong metal, and only .75 percent of it contains other metals, such as copper and nickel. It is durable and long lasting, unlike pure silver and silver plating. Silver plated items are durable due to the metals that are underneath the silver plating, but the silver plating that covers the main metal can wear off.

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