Gold stamped "925" is probably gold-plated sterling silver. The "925" is part of a precious metals hallmark system, but only silver is denoted "925," or 92.5 percent, pure.Continue Reading
Hallmarks are legends stamped on items made of precious metals, especially items large enough to have intrinsic value due to their precious-metal content. These hallmarks are composed of at least three symbols: the sponsor, the purity and the assay office approving the purity measurement. Any item that does not include these three symbols has no guarantee of purity.
The stamp "925" refers to purity, specifically the minimum parts per thousand of the item's precious metal content. Each precious metal uses only certain numerical standard measurements of purity. Gold does not use the number "925." It is not uncommon for the composition of "gold" jewelry to in fact be gold electroplate over hallmarked silver.Learn more about Precious Metals & Gems
The quality mark for sterling silver is 925; 825 refers to a grade of continental silver. By law, all silver that is marked with the grade of its purity must also contain the name or registered trademark of the company that certifies this purity.Full Answer >
A silver alloy is considered sterling silver if the alloy contains at least 92.5 percent silver but less than 99.9 percent silver, which is considered fine silver. Sterling silver contains a minimal amount of other metals that increase durability while maintaining the beauty and value of silver, according to Zales.Full Answer >
Sterling silver and 925 silver are actually the same. Both refer to a compound with 92.5 percent silver content, where the additional 7.5 percent is made up of other metals, most commonly copper.Full Answer >
The three main venues through which to sell silver are private parties, silver dealers and pawn shops. Private parties generally pay the most but also may take more time and effort.Full Answer >