German silver is an alloy of nickel, copper and zinc. It contains no silver and is worth approximately 50 cents per ounce.
The value of German silver is not as desirable as sterling or pure silver knowing that it has no silver content at all. The metal itself is therefore not as valuable as sterling silver. However, its value is determined by the object it is used on.
The avg. The market price of German silver in India is Rs 1,720/piece.
The terms “nickel silver” and “nickel silver” actually refer to the same substance, but items made of this metal are not actually silver at all. Nickel or German “Silver” is a white alloy containing copper, zinc and nickel. Although silvery, it contains no more precious metal.
German silver is marked with a thousandfold fineness of 800 or 835 (80% or 83.5% pure silver). All items that are simply marked with “German silver”, “German silver” or “Alpaca” do not contain any silver, but are pure alloys of other metals. Decoplata has the equivalent thousandths fineness of 720.
Leave the item in a mixture of one part ammonia and three parts water for up to 30 minutes – for the heaviest stains – up to 30 minutes. Put on a pair of gloves, take the item out of its bath, and rinse it thoroughly with warm water. Then gently blot the water off the surface of the item with a soft, anti-static, lint-free drying cloth.
The best silver is sold as sterling silver and consists of 92.5% of the precious metal. So it would be stamped. 925 or just 925.
German silver was named after Malliot and Chorier, who discovered it in France around 1820. The main reason why it was called German silver is its silver-white color. Although the term “silver” has long been banned for metals, these alloys do not contain.
Bleach can also be used to check the authenticity of silver metal. Just put a drop of bleach on the silver item. If it tarnishes after exposure to oxidizing chemicals such as bleach, then it is real silver. Real silver turns black when exposed to bleach.
“Silver is not noticeably magnetic and, unlike iron, nickel, cobalt and the like, exhibits only weak magnetic effects,” says Martin. “If your magnet sticks strongly to the piece, it has a ferromagnetic core and is not silver.” Counterfeit silver or silver-plated items are generally made of other metals.