This may sound stupid, but doesn't Sterling Silver have a
smell? Copper does, i know.
Sterling, if it has a smell, will most likely be due to it’s copper
content. Silver itself may in fact have a smell, but it must be
I know that after I hold the Sterling in my hands that my hands
smell metallic. But if I hold costume jewelry they do not have that
Probably the reason you don’t get a metalic smell on your hands after
handling costume jewelry is that it is heavily plated, often in
layers of nickel, copper, and then gold. Some of it even appears to
have a chromium layer, one that is hard enough to dull a jeweler’s
By the way, I’ve noticed that some people can pick up the smell of
steel being heated in a forge, including myself. It has an
interesting peppery smell, quite pleasant, I think. Could be only
those destined to be blacksmiths can smell this? I can’t smell lead,
but I can taste it in the back of my throat, at which time I run like
hades in another direction. . . same with zinc.