Hi, I was wondering if there is a way to tell if a bead is sterling silver or something else. Whatever they are they are solid, nothing scratches off. Thanks
Most sterling silver beads will not have the .925 or sterling stamp since it is likely to detract from their decorative beauty. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is, since the precious metal market fluctuates and is set universally every week. One way to test if a bead is sterling silver, unfortunately will damage it. The process is to nick or scratch a small discreet area of the metal with a file. If the piece still looks silver and didn't reveal itself since plated with this test, then put a drop of nitric acid on the scratched spot. If the piece is sterling silver it will turn a cream color. Metals that have a high copper content such since brass or nickel silver will turn green. The best way to avoid being duped is to buy from a reputable dealer that guarantees their products.