What's the difference between, sterling silver and silver-plated?
Please refer to the definitions below for information on these metals.
Sterling Silver - These items are made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper or other alloy, proportions fixed by law. Sterling Silver will "patina" in time; that is, its color will take on an "antique" look.
Silver-Plated - A fine silver film deposited on a base metal by electrolysis, in the same kind of electrically charged bath used to make gold electroplate. The film can be as thin as seven millionths of an inch. A silver plate item cannot be called sterling or bear a marking of "silver."
Silver-Colored - This item is washed in a silver color and is much thinner than silver plating.