"Sterling silver" describes an alloy that has silver content of 92.5%. "Silver plating" typically describes a very thin layer of silver that has been adhered on to a conductive object using electrolysis. More »

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Sterling silver has a purity of 92.5 percent, whereas pure silver has 99.9 percent silver content. Sterling silver is also more durable than pure silver, which is why it is often used for jewelry and utensils. More »

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. More »

Sterling silver is an alloy of metals that are not magnetic, and so it does not typically react when exposed to a magnet. Sterling silver's components may become magnetized when placed in a magnetic field but not to the ... More »

Sterling silver has a purity of 92.5 percent, whereas pure silver has 99.9 percent silver content. Sterling silver is also more durable than pure silver, which is why it is often used for jewelry and utensils. More »

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. More »

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 plate... More »