Daily Wire Tip March 5: Difference Between Silver Plate and Sterling Silver

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
March 05, 2010


I have made rings with sterling silver wire. In less a then a week all the silver was gone. I am having to replace the rings. The ring turns brown and their is no silver on them why?


I gather that you mean you have made jump rings? It doesn’t sound like the silver you are using is genuine, .925 sterling silver but rather, silver plate. Check with your supplier to see if you did order sterling silver, as there may have been a mix-up when processing your order.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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  1. avatar

    nancy beegle

    March 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Another thought, maybe there’s something in the atmosphere, or something she’s doing, that causes them to tarnish very rapidly if they are sterling, and they may just need a good cleaning and then to be kept from whatever is causing this. Of course, a week is awful quick, isn’t it?

    Just a thought,
    ninib :)

  2. avatar

    Peggy Powers

    March 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    If you’ll excuse me being straight up, but it sounds as if she was ripped off. I’ve never seen sterling silver 925 turn like that. SS takes quite a while to do that if ever. I live in Florida and you can’t get much more humid than that and I have quite a few pieces of SS and never has that happened to me. After a while they may begin to show some tarnish but that is easily removed. Maybe the silver came into contact with some seriously “not good” products. No matter, call the supplier.