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Stamp for Sterling Silver

"Dear Mr. Reinsch,

Hi, what is the legal stamp for German sterling silver?

Thank you in advance
God bless

Hi Joan!

Thank you for your question!

The world wide recognized legal stamp is "Sterling" or .925, which means that the fine silver content is 92.5% pure silver and the alloy added is 7.5% pure copper (to make it harder and stronger). Sterling is Sterling world wide and has nothing to do with an individual country.

German silver is often only .800 silver, in other words 80% pure silver and 20% copper!

Our family business has manufactured gold and silver jewellery items for the last 41 years (since 1963) here in Canada and all our items bear our Canadian Trade Mark (EMH), which is a registered Trade Mark , registered in our capital Ottawa. Our stamped jewellery items become legal tender once our Trade Mark is applied - and our Trade Mark is recognized world wide!

We are licensed by the Government of Canada to stamp all precious metals, so all consumers have the assurance of accuracy of the fine metal content with its high international standard and of our Canadian Department of Consumers and Corporate Affairs and its Trade Mark office.

Hope to have answered your question!

For more information, please read my other articles about Buying and Selling Jewellery, About Old Gold and Taking Care of Your Jewellery.

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Hartmut Reinsch
West York Jewellers
September 2005