Silver is considered to be higher-quality than sterling silver. Silver is comprised nearly completely of silver, while sterling silver is an alloy that is comprised of silver and other metals. More »

To determine the value of silver flatware, you must first determine the composition, age and manufacturer. Most silver flatware contains a sterling mark and a maker's or manufacturer's mark. Unless the flatware is very o... More » Beauty & Fashion Jewelry & Watches Precious Metals & Gems

The marks on a silver tea set give information about its history and composition. Silver tea set markings usually include a maker's mark, and may include an assayer's mark and/or hallmark, as well as information about th... More »

To clean sterling silver, scrub it with toothpaste and a soft cloth, clean highly detailed areas with a soft toothbrush, rinse the silver with running water, dry it with a towel, and polish it with a cloth. This 20-minut... More »

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 t... More »

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. 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 »