Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/silver


I have a silver necklace that has 925 Italy and on the other side it has ka 1775 just wanting to know if its real silver

Dear Timothy,

The markings are consistent with regulations for sterling silver. The Italy is country of origin and the ka would be the manufacturer.  There are fakes out there with counterfeit markings but this is not so common with silver items.  To know absolutely, a jeweler would need to test the necklace.  As for me, I would accept it as sterling and wear it.   A plated surface will wear through in time and silver will be silver from now on, even if rhodium plated which will wear through to the sterling silver metal making the necklace.

Thanks for asking.  God Bless and Peace.  Thomas.  

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