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.

The 800 mark on silver refers to the purity of the metal. Pure silver has a 1,000 grade value. Silver with an 800 grade value is a silver alloy containing 800 parts silver and 200 parts other metals.

Nano-silver is silver that has been prepared in such a way that it forms numerous microscopic particles. It is identical to a substance called colloidal silver, in which the tiny nano-scale silver particles are suspended...


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...

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.

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.

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.