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Good day
What are the different ways one can test silver to determine the grade, quality and to tell if silver is genuine or fake; for someone who does not have a background in precious metals and knows little about metals.
Which methods are most reliable?

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Hello.

Since I deal primarily in brand names of flatware and hollowware, I judge a piece primarily by the manufacturer's markings. It is possible for a piece to be counterfeit but I have not run across one that I know of.

There is an acid test used by some people to determine silver content. Here is an article about it: http://www.examiner.com/article/video-acid-testing-silver . I have not had to use that method but there are many who claim that it works just fine.

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..........

Experience

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

Publications
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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