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Hi there,

I've bought a bracelet with the following inscribed on it: D&A (inside some sort of crest or shield)   A. Saunders    Sydney   B.     Could you tell me whether this is made of silver? Thank you!

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Hi, Ben.

None of these marks would indicate the piece is made of sterling. On jewelry made in the U.S., a sterling piece would have the word, "Sterling", on it or it might have "925", which indicates 92.5% silver content, the standard for sterling.

Pieces made in other countries might have other marks to indicate high silver content but the ones you describe are not included.

The "D&A" probably indicates the manufacturer.

Much jewelry is handmade and the maker may not have gone to the trouble to mark pieces with regard to silver content. So, I can't say with certainty that it is not sterling but there is nothing to indicate it is.

Sorry I could not help more.

Best wishes,

Jim

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Jim Stringer

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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at http://whatisitworth.lovetoknow.com/questions/categories/silver. I also author a blog at http://www.SilverChatter.com and write articles about silver at http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........

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Buyer and seller of sterling pieces for over ten years. Author of the blog, www.SilverChatter.com. Sterling silver writer for www.Examiner.com.

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Examiner.com; SilverChatter.com; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver)

Education/Credentials
BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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