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Does silver respond to magnet?


#1

I was just wondering if anyone knew if 999 silver responds to a
magnet? I am wondering what is in my silver?

Thanks Leslie


#2

No silver is not magnetic but nickel and iron are. do you have nickel
silver A white Brass with no silver at all.

If it came from Mexico or S America it is called alpaca and is what
a lot of Mexican market silver is. It isn’t legal to sell as silver
but the people are poor and need the money. I can spot it but never
checked any with a magnet. so this may be only a WAG.

jesse


#3

Yes, Leslie. That is a good question. What is in your silver? When I
am afraid that some steel has gotten into my box of silver scraps I
use a magnet to fish them out. The silver, both the fine and the
sterling just remain imobile. Doesn’t respond at all to the magnet.
weird that your silver responds.

Alma


#4

Dear Leslie -

I’m working as a goldsmith now, and lots of people come in every day
to sell their jewelry as scrap. I watch my boss test it all with a
large magnet - amazing what pretty things turn out to be gold or
silver plated!

Kelley


#5
I was just wondering if anyone knew if 999 silver responds to a
magnet? I am wondering what is in my silver? 

cobalt?


#6

Iron, Cobalt and Nickle are magnetic. Some ceramics are magnetic,
usually from something included in them. Then so are some rare earths
(rare earth magnets).

John
John Atwell Rasmussen
www.rasmussengems.com


#7

I frequently work on sterling silver flutes and piccolos. These are
not plated instruments. They also frequently have solid gold spring
wire to operate the key mechanisms. A magnet easily could be used by
a less than honest person to demonstrate that the instrument was not
solid by sticking it to one of the keys which has a steel arbor or
hinge rod running through it. Often times Sterling instruments are
not marked. Although a magnet might be a good first test in the hands
of an honest person, I wouldn’t accept it as the final test unless I
was sure I was dealing with a reputable person. Conversely, highly
polished unplated nickle silver/german silver instruments look like
silver to the untrained eye but of course they contain no silver and
are not magnetic either.

Matt


#8

I’ve been reading this - useful stuff. Nobody’s really answered the
question, though.

No, silver does not respond to a magnet, period. If you have a
silver it em that’s magnetic, there’s something else there. Perhaps
you melted a spring ring without removing the spring?

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