GONA ensures that every product described as "925 Sterling silver" and every product stamped with "S925" has a silver content of ≥92.5%.
925 Sterling Silver:
Definition and Identification

For 2023, silver jewelry has been declared one of the most popular trends to wear both on and off the runway. But are you confused about what defines sterling silver jewelry?

925 Sterling Silver is a unique composition that has become popular for jewelry pieces due to its beautiful shine and durability. Its fine purity degree helps the metal maintain its luster over time.

Get all the facts you need to determine if your piece of sterling silver jewelry is truly authentic. With this comprehensive guide no longer will you have to wonder if your favorite necklace or earrings are genuine.

Learn how to identify real sterling silver so you can keep wearing great-looking accessories without worrying about what makes S925 so unique. Find your complete guide here.

What Is 925 Sterling Silver?

Sterling silver, or 925 silver, is a commonly-used metal alloy in jewelry making. By adding 7.5% copper to 92.5% pure silver, the natural properties of the precious metal are enhanced. Therefore, the naming convention and stamp “925” or the term "S925 composition" refers to the silver content in an ingot or stamped onto jewelry pieces.

Before investing in or reselling 925 silver, it's essential to understand what it is and where it originated from. Gaining greater insight into the production of 925 silver and its unique properties can help us make wise buying choices while avoiding counterfeit items.

Where Does Silver Come From?

Silver has been treasured by humans for thousands of years, and it can be found all over the globe. Volcanic regions and hydrothermal vents are fraught with greater amounts of silver compared to other parts of the world.

Amongst the largest silver mines on Earth, you can find them in countries like the USA, Mexico, Canada, and Bolivia with a few others situated throughout South America.

In contrast to gold, silver is typically present in its trace form or as part of other ore deposits. Moreover, extracting silver usually forms an intrinsic element of a comprehensive mining operation with metal augmenting and supplementing additional endeavors.

Silver can be found in a variety of ore deposits, including Argentite, Galena, Lead-zinc, and Copper ores; as well as the lesser-known Copper-nickel, Chlorargyrite, and Electrum (a gold and silver alloy).

Why Is Silver Jewelry Not 100% Pure?

You may wonder why there isn't a 100 degree of purity in silver jewelry. This is because Silver, in its pristine form, is too delicate to be used for jewelry. To make it more durable and suitable for wearables, we combine silver with other metals to create an alloy we call sterling silver.

Although copper is a soft metal, it can be used to fortify silver and make it simpler to work with. Furthermore, despite its bright red hue, blending 7.5% of copper into fine silver does not impact the ultimate color of your jewelry piece.

Silver can be enhanced through the addition of copper or other metals, however, this also tends to make it more susceptible to tarnishing. Over time, sterling silver pieces will start looking darker in hue and may take on shades of brown or black. If exposed to hot and humid environments, 925 silver items are likely to tarnish much faster than normal.

925 silver tarnish may not be permanent, but it's a great indication that you've bought an authentic product! Plus, the discoloration is effortless to clean - so there’s no need to worry.

Is 925 Good Silver Quality?

Yes. Crafted with the utmost attention to quality, 925 sterling silver is a luxurious type of silver used in jewelry creation and other decorative items.
The "925" signifies that the piece consists of 92.5% pure silver, while 7.5% comprises additional metals such as copper added to increase strength and longevity.

This combination makes it a profoundly durable and worthy investment for exquisite pieces you'll treasure forever!

When investing in silver jewelry, it is essential to inspect for a "925" stamp verifying that the piece is crafted from genuine sterling silver. By doing so, you will ensure that your purchase is of superior quality and durability. Not only does this make it more valuable with time, but also guarantees its brilliance won't fade or tarnish over time.

Identifying Genuine 925 Silver Jewelry

How do you know you're not just buying random metal coated with silver?
If you're ever in the market for 925 silver, these 3 methods can help verify that your piece is legit: Start by looking for a "925" stamp - this shows it's made of 92.5% pure silver!

The Stamp
Genuine jewelry will typically be stamped with "S925". Sometimes it might have "925", and sometimes even "Ag925".

It is important to always double-check for the next two methods since counterfeit items may replicate this marking. Be sure to verify all three conventions when you encounter a possible sterling silver piece of jewelry.

Do the Buff Test
Gently buff the item with a cloth. Take a light-colored, soft cloth and lightly rub it on the piece of silver multiple times.

925 silver frequently contains copper or other alloys that cause dark marks to form as it oxidizes; you'll be able to see this appear on the fabric after several strokes.

Check if It’s Magnetic
To make sure your piece is genuine, you can use a magnet to test it.

Silver, gold, and platinum are non-magnetic; if your jewelry sticks to the magnet, this means that it is likely, not real.

Other Useful Tests for Authenticity
The three methods we've just mentioned are industry-tried and tested ways for check-in authenticity. Here are some other things you can try to check if your silver is real.

One effortless way to determine if your item is made of sterling silver is by attempting to scratch it with a penny. If the thing scratches quickly and leaves behind an obvious black mark, then you can be assured that it is likely crafted from sterling silver.

You can also test sterling silver using a bell. Tap the silver piece in question on the bell and then hold it. If you don't hear a distinct ring, then it; is most likely not authentic silver.

You can also do a sniff test. If your jewelry is a metallic odor, it's likely due to high concentrations of copper.

The other thing to judge by is the price. Before you purchase any piece of jewelry, regardless if it's silver or not, be sure to double-check the cost. You get what you pay for. If something looks much too good to be true, then that can also apply when looking at its quality!

Does Sterling Silver Tarnish?

Sterling silver can get dark and lose its luster over time. Pure silver will stay looking good for longer, but it can still become darker because of the sulfur in the air. Sterling silver will become darker faster because other metals can cause it to tarnish.

If your silver items become tarnished, you can bring them back to life with nothing more than a polishing cloth! These special cloths contain jeweler's rouge that will restore even pure and sterling silver pieces to their original shine.

Achieve a sparkling result with this cloth, which features one side that eliminates tarnish and the other as a buffer to give your silver jewelry an impeccable sheen. With these cloths, any amount of tarnish on your beloved pieces will be eliminated quickly.

How to Keep Sterling Silver From Tarnishing
Even though tarnishing cannot be completely eliminated, there are several steps you can take to help maintain the luster of your sterling silver jewelry for extended periods.

*Wear your sterling silver jewelry often as this will help keep it from tarnishing
*Don't wear it when you are at the gym as the salt in sweat can cause tarnishing
*Avoid wearing your sterling silver in water with chlorine in it
*Don’t store your sterling silver items in the bathroom
*Use a polishing cloth to wipe your jewelry before you put it away
*Store your jewelry somewhere safe and dry

925 Silver and Allergies?
Silver jewelry is generally considered safe for most people since silver allergies are uncommon. Nevertheless, there may be a few individuals who have delicate skin and could react to certain trace metals contained within the jewelry.

Rose Silver®
GONA Unique 14K Gold-Plated and 14K Rose Gold-Plated
What is Rose Silver®?

Our Rose Silver Collection is made of a unique metal blend plated with 14k gold-plated and a romantic pink-colored 14k rose gold-plated, occasionally plated with white gold-plated, and is mostly composed of silver and copper.
The products in the Rose Silver Collection are stamped with "S180" which means that the silver content is ≥18%, in contrast to "S925" which refers to 925 sterling silver with a silver content of ≥92.5%. By offering pieces at affordable prices, the Rose Silver Collection allows us to cater to fans of golden jewelry and expands our collection with versatile styling options.

Why did GONA create and use Rose
Silver® in some of their jewelry

Firstly, the Rose Silver Collection enables us to provide fans of golden jewelry with affordable pieces and expands our collection with versatile styling options.
Secondly, after conducting thousands of experiments in GONA's laboratory, the Rose Silver Collection has brought more durability and shine to our silver jewelry, overcoming the industry-wide issues of oxidation and fading to a certain extent.

Live Metal
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What is the Spot Price of Silver?

When people refer to the silver spot price, or the spot price of any metal for that matter, they are referring to the price at which the metal may be exchanged and delivered upon now.
In other words, the spot price is the price at which silver is currently trading. Spot prices are often referred to in the silver and gold markets, as well as crude oil and other commodities.
Price is in a constant state of flux and is watched by banks, financial institutions, dealers and retail investors.

All of the products on our website are priced based on a premium spot price, and therefore you will notice that prices update every few seconds during market hours.
This allows customers to invest based on the most up to date market conditions possible.

Silver as an Investment

Since the beginning of the 21st Century, silver prices have increased overall, catching the attention of many investors.
Many people look to precious metals, such as silver, to help protect themselves against the ongoing devaluation of the U.S. dollar (or other fiat currencies) and volatility in the stock market.
Other investors, sometimes referred to as “preppers,” believe silver will play a key role in bartering and trade in the event of an economic collapse.

Silver Spot Price FAQ

How is the spot silver price calculated?
Silver is a commodity that trades virtually 24 hours per day across many exchanges such as New York, Chicago, London, Zurich and Hong Kong. The most important exchange when it comes to determining the spot silver price, however, is COMEX. The spot price of silver is calculated using the near term futures contract price. By near term, that may mean the front month contract or the nearest contract with the most volume.

How often do spot silver prices change?
The price of silver is constantly changing.
The spot price of silver changes every few seconds during market hours. Between domestic and foreign exchanges, spot silver prices update Sunday through Friday, from 6PM EST to 5:15PM EST each day.
Spot prices remain static during that 45 minute down period from 5:15PM EST to 6PM EST each weekday, as well as from 5:15PM EST on Friday until 6PM EST on Sunday.
Although silver and other markets may have periods in which they are very quiet, they also have periods in which prices change very rapidly.

What currency are spot silver prices quoted in?
The silver spot price is usually quoted in U.S. dollars (USD). However, markets all over the world can take the spot silver price in USD and simply convert it to local currency.

What exactly is the spot silver price referring to?
The spot silver price is quoting the price for 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver.

Are spot silver prices the same all over the world?
Yes, the price of silver is the same all over the world.
Exchanges and markets all over the world can take the current spot silver price in USD and convert the price in USD to local currency.

Why can’t I buy silver at the spot silver price?
Firstly, silver is typically sold by dealers at a premium above the current spot price. When selling metals to a dealer, they may offer a price at or slightly below the spot price for the metals. The dealer premium represents the price at which a dealer buys silver and the price at which they sell silver. The difference between these prices is the dealer's gross profit, which is how they make profits and remain in business.

Secondly, as a jewelry material, the cost of silver goes beyond the raw material cost of pure silver. It includes design, pattern making, complex handcrafting, and packaging, among other processes, to complete a piece of silver jewelry. Additionally, the value of silver jewelry is largely based on its collectability, legacy, and emotional significance, in addition to the premium associated with the brand.
Therefore, the value of silver as a jewelry material lies more in its collection, inheritance, and emotional transmission.