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Lethargic
« on: March 01, 2008 02:37:22 PM »

I just recently bought some sterling silver plated jump rings for a project and I'm not really clear as to what the difference is between that and regular sterling silver findings or just your regular jump rings. If someone could clear this up for me really quick that would be great. Smiley

Also, is sterling silver plated ok to use for jewelry I want to sell or will that put a damper on things? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2008 12:35:13 PM »

It depends on the rest of the item. If you use sterling parts, definitely use sterling jump rings. If you use plated items, of course use the plated jump rings.

I would avoid using just regular metal. They scream "cheap".

If you do not have any other metal in your jewelry item, then look at what you are using. Gemstone beads and Swarovski crystals, definitly sterling all the way!!! Cheaper glass beads you can probably get away with the plated rings. But I highly recommend sterling if you can! Sterling clasps look better, add value to the item, and last better. And you always want to use sterling rings with sterling clasps.

hope I helped!
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2008 11:45:20 AM »

The difference is that the silver plated rings have a coating of silver over a base metal (like copper or brass), whereas sterling silver will be solid silver all the way through. Therefore, sterling silver is way more expensive.

I use silver plated wire for most of my jewellery, mainly because I can't afford to buy sterling, and I've sold and traded a fair few pieces. Just be aware that it won't have the longevity of sterling - the plate will wear off with heavy use. By heavy use I mean "worn all day every day" - I did this with a finger ring I made just to test and it lasted about six months before the plate wore through in patches. So, bearing in mind that rings probably take the most wear of all cos they are rubbing against your skin constantly, it should last several years if it's not worn constantly and if it's well looked after - but it won't last a lifetime like one made in sterling.
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Lethargic
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008 09:13:59 PM »

Thank you both of you. Your comments were a really big help. I bought a lot of jump rings to make bracelets and/or necklaces and they were sterling silver plated because I needed a lot of them to make my pieces and couldn't really afford that many in solid sterling silver. However I guess if I have a good response to the sterling silver plated ones then it would definitely be worth it to spend more on solid sterling silver.
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