Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/LG Silver Earrings

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Hi Thomas,

I recently bought a pair of earrings at a thrift store whose label was marked "lg silver." Do you have any idea what the lg might stand for? Does it give indication regarding what exactly the composition of the metal is?

Thanks,
George

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Hello, George. Thanks for the question.

Unfortunately the LG is not an indication of metal quality. This could be a trade mark or something else concerning the product or manufacturer.  Also, when used alone, the word silver is often misused referring to "similar color" to sterling silver in an actually deceptive sort of way.  

What do you have?  I do not know.  The only way to know is to have the metal tested by a jeweler. Considering the items were purchased at a thrift shop, it might not be worth paying to have the earrings tested.

Legally a fairly universal marking for sterling silver is the numerical equivalent of pure silver content in the metal, that being 0.925, meaning the same as 92.5% pure silver with the other metal most often copper.   "Sterling silver" or simply "sterling" are legally recognized metal quality marks.   The marking "silver" alone is not definitive.

I hope you had a fine Christmas and wish a blessing of joy in the new year.  Thomas.  

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Have a question about jewelry repair or working with precious metal jewelry and gemstones? For many years up to December 31, 2010, I was a working professional bench jeweler, involved everyday with setting stones in mountings, designing and making jewelry, repairing and limited custom manufacture. If you work with jewelry as a hobby or as a profession, I might be able to help. I deal with the retail business, not mass production. Ask privately if you wish. See the box for that: It keeps your question between us. Please DO NOT ask MAKER'S MARKS, but metal quality marks are fine to ask. Please DO NOT ask diamond prices. See a gemologist for that.

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I have extensive experience in design, service and making of jewelry. I deal mostly with precious metals and gemstones but work with many materials as needed and usable to create an artistic design. My experience also includes freelance photography and photographer of jewelry and similar items for a former employer and individuals. Design of custom items requires reading the desires of the client and being clear on what can be done within that framework...then fulfilling the transition of idea to reality. Effective communications is essential in a working designer/producer and customer relationship.

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Education is English/Physics! Started in human resources, to advertising, to jewelry...wow, what a road. I have had formal training in jewelry work and many shared experiences with top grade jewelers. We just never know were we will go or be. Follow your best, your dreams, with some discretion! Don't let the work tear up your body along the way as it has mine.

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