Silver Jewellery, Calgary: Fake Vs. Real


So you finally thought of buying silver jewellery from Calgary. You want to have a statement piece that will stand the test of time, a proper investment that you will be proud to wear for years to come. So you browse the Internet looking for pieces that are authentic and unique. You finally find a shop but are unsure if they indeed sell authentic silver jewellery. Of course, you want the real deal and not some silver coated copper piece posing as the real thing. You have to be sure because the piece you are going to buy is considered your investment. So what can you do before ordering? What are the things you should look for before buying jewellery, specifically silver jewellery? Here are some things to consider when buying silver jewellery, in general, so you can identify the fake ones from the real McCoy’s.

First off, as the previous blog has mentioned, you need to know everything there is to know about the retailer. Common knowledge would entail that before buying anything online, one should get the necessary information about the online shop.  Check for the ratings, the mode of payment, information about the website, the owner, and if they offer a return policy. You can also ask people who already bought from the shop and make sure that you have sufficient information about the shop, enough for you to feel comfortable buying from them.

Next is the stamp. When we are talking about silver jewellery, it is required by law to have each piece stamped with the silver grade. “925” is sterling while “999” are considered to be pure silver. The numbers indicated refers to how pure the silver piece is. Remember that there is no such thing as 100% pure silver as other metals are needed to make the jewellery piece sturdy. Jewellery manufacturers may add additives to ensure that the piece won’t warp easily. Going back to the stamp, it is generally located on the underside of the piece. Now, some jewellery makers do not place stamps on their pieces especially if the piece is customized or handmade. If there are no marks, you can ask the shop about the grade of their silver.

For those that have stamps, don’t be easily fooled as some Chinese jewellery makers deliberately stamp grades on their pieces with S925, stamps used with Scandinavian silver, even if the piece is actually made with copper and merely coated with silver. As a general rule, real Scandinavian silver is usually stamped bigger than Chinese ones, as Chinese stamping is usually smaller and requires magnification to identify the numbers properly.

You can check for yourself if the piece is real or fake by touching the silver. Silver should be slightly cold at first then gradually warms up as you keep clutching it. Fake silver won’t be as cold, similar to how plastic feels when initially touched. The weight of the silver piece should also be heavy to the touch and should feel solid. The surface of real silver should be somewhat rough, unlike fake silver where the surface feels unusually smooth and the weight is light as they are generally hollow.

As stated earlier, some silver jewelleries are only coated with silver but are actually made of brass or copper. You can identify some pieces by simply looking at it. If the silver jewellery piece shows colors other than silver; you can bet that the piece isn’t real. Another would be to look out for rust. Silver, unlike steel, doesn’t rust. It may turn black as a result of exposure to air but such stains can be easily removed through polishing. Some other methods you can use are by heating the jewellery piece. If parts of the jewellery changes color, it’s not the real thing. However, you won’t be able to do that without breaching the warranty (if there is any). With that, considering you’re buying online, your best bet is by looking at the aesthetics of the silver piece. Make sure the jewellery doesn’t have other colors apart from silver before buying it.

If you’re looking to buy silver jewellery in Calgary, don’t limit yourself to these tips; be as meticulous as you possibly can. Ask the shop everything there is to know about their products. Get to know the shop before doing any kind of transaction with them. If they don’t have anything to hide, they would easily be able to provide you with the information that you need. You can also look up people on social media who have already bought their jewellery and ask them about the pieces that they bought. If it checks out for you, you can then proceed to buying your own.

If you would like to own a piece of silver jewellery from Calgary, here at VelaFlor Jewellery, we provide just what you are looking for. Our designs are handmade, making them one-of-a-kind pieces. We also like being transparent to our customers. Contact us for any inquiries you may have about us or our products and we will be more than willing to accommodate you. In that, we want to make sure that our customers are confident in what they are buying. Browse through our shop and ask away. We will gladly provide you with the information that you need before buying.

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