Dating sterling silver
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A non-compulsory element, the date letter changes annually on January 1st.
Products that have been crafted out of Pure Silver with alloys are ecclesiastical (of the church) and domestic plate, flatware, jewelry, buttons, buckles, boxes, toilet articles to name a few.
Pins/brooches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants are individually handcrafted from base Pure Silver metal and its alloy.
Fortunately, with the use of a single reference book, it is possible for even a complete novice to decipher the vast majority.
Although there are many books on the market which can be used to help read hallmarks, the standard book of reference, used by dealers and collectors world wide is Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks.
This pocket sized reference contains all of the marks that one is likely to encounter on a regular basis.
There are so many different hallmarks found on British silver that to know all of them would be impossible.
(Also known as Maker's Mark.) This is the registered mark of the company or person that submitted the article for hallmarking.
It is formed of initials of that person or company inside a shield shape. We mark a piece to the lowest standard of alloy content, so it guarantees that the quality of the article is no less than the fineness indicated.
Jewelry buyers highly prefer Sterling Silver jewelry and accessories with the selection including classic and contemporary designs having been created by some of the finest silver craftsmen throughout the years.
It has been indicated that the Sterling Silver jewelry, with a small amount of copper added, has very little effect on the metals value.