Authentic Pandora 7.5" Silver & Gold Bracelet
Marked 585 ALE inside the clasp
Sterling Silver with 14 K Gold Clasp
Guaranteed Authentic Pandora !!
Look for marks. If it is made from sterling silver, it will be marked with a number 925. This is an indicator of the amount of solid silver used. The piece may also be inscribed with the words "Ster." "Sterling" or "Sterling Silver".
Perform the magnet test. Gold, silver and platinum are not magnetic, and will not attract a magnet. If the piece being tested holds a strong attraction to a magnet, it does not hold precious metal value.
Pick it up. Real silver isn't heavy and it isn't very light either. Compare the feel to that of a piece of known silver to know what the weight should be.
Sterling Silver Pure Silver, also called fine silver, is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily scratched so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more resilient product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Although any metal can make up the 7.5% non-silver portion of sterling, centuries of experimentation have shown copper to best improve the metal's hardness and durability without affecting its beautiful color. The small amount of copper added to sterling has little effect on the metal's value. Instead the price of the silver item is affected by the labor involved in making the item, the skill of the craftsperson, and the intricacy of the design.
Identifying Quality Sterling Silver All high quality silver items are stamped with a "Sterling Silver" or "925" mark. This mark identifies the precious metal content of the jewelry.
Silver Alloys Because pure silver is so soft, it should only be used when malleability is required, such as in handcrafted jewelry featuring weaving and other intricate designs. Sterling Silver is most often used for jewelry and household accessories because of its combination of beauty and durability.