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Elizabeth wrote at 2012-12-17 08:52:06
950 is NOT the mark for Platinum!!! 925 is the standard for Sterling Silver, however you will find that finer jewelry, especially from Chile, may be crafted using 950 Silver, which is just a higher grade of Sterling Silver. Sterling is 92.5% Silver and 950 Silver is 95% Silver.

What 950 is NOT, is platinum!!!! I'm shocked that someone even DARED to advise you of that!! I never post in forums or Question/Answer settings, but I stumbled upon this and HAD to reply!! Again, 950 is just a higher grade of Sterling Silver, and IS Sterling Silver, not FINE Silver. The only way Silver can be declared "Fine" is if it is at least .999 parts silver.  


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