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Pins/brooches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants are individually handcrafted from base Pure Silver metal and its alloy.
This silver content tarnishes more slowly than sterling.
The words quadruple, triple, double, EPNS, and EPWM indicate that the ware is silver plated. If a piece is not American, refer to the sources abut English or Continental silver.
If it seems to be American, this dictionary will help.
In order for Pure Silver to be hard enough and suitable for arts and crafts including jewelry, it must be alloyed with other metallic components which helps to make it hard enough and suitable for crafting.Sterling Silver has the most ideal percentage of metal for having durability and natural bright sheen and the patina adheres to polish bringing the beautiful jewelry piece back to its original appearance when new. Coin silver is labeled as "coin silver," "coin," "900," ".900," or "90," signifying that the piece contains at least 90 percent pure silver. It is made up of various alloys of copper, nickel, zinc and other metals including lead and tin and has a silvery white appearance.Coin silver is 90 percent (900 parts) pure silver and 10 percent (100 parts) alloy metal. Copper alloy - that contains nickel and zinc sometimes is called German Silver.Now, years later, collectors know that fine American silver was also made during the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Learn to know good work by its shape, feel, and construction.Look up its maker and determine its age and origin.