Any item marked Silver is either:-

Sterling silver which is 925 parts fine silver and 75 parts copper


Argentium which is 935 parts silver and the rest is a mixture of Germanium and copper. This has a much higher resistance to tarnishing than Sterling silver.

Items under 7.78g do not legally need to be hallmarked but many of my pieces are.

I sometimes use gold as decoration on a silver item, either 9ct, 14ct, 18ct or even 22ct. Details on individual pieces. To help you translate the markings on a precious metal item see the Goldsmith Hall Dealers notice below.

About Sterling Silver

Goldsmiths Hall Dealers Notice
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Contemporary Jewellery in Silver, Gold and Titanium by Sylvia Tomkinson