What is Sterling Silver made out of?
More facts about sterling silver
The term sterling silver has its name from the British “Pound Sterling” because sterling silver was used to mint silver pennies. Sterling silver melts at 1640 °F and its color is a bit more silver-grey-reddish than pure silver. It’s easy to melt and cast what makes it very popular to professional silversmiths and even to hobby-silversmiths.
Current Value of Sterling Silver
$21.93 per troy ounce
We pictured pure silver and copper to get you an idea how the sterling silver components looks like.
Other common silver alloys
- 80.00% pure silver = .800 silver
- 83.50% pure silver = .835 silver
- 90.00% pure silver = .900 silver
- 93.50% pure silver = .935 silver
- 95.80% pure silver = .958 silver
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