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Identifying silver besides the acids?

Does anyone have any tricks for identifying silver besides the
acids?

I was just shown a trick using the 18k acid rather than the formula
used for sterling. The acid streak turns pale blue on a sterling rub.

Would not rely on that as the reaction you are seeing is the copper
in the sterling not silver.

James Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts

Oddly enough I can tell by the smell after I rub it vigorously with
my thumb. Really.

Have fun and make lots of jewelry.
Jo Haemer
timothywgreen.com

 Oddly enough I can tell by the smell after I rub it vigorously
with my thumb. Really. 

Me too - it has a particularly strong smell (to me). But some people
can’t detect it.

Regards, Gary Wooding

 Me too - it has a particularly strong smell (to me). But some people
 can't detect it.

My sense of smell is very acute, so I’ll give this a try.

Have you tried plated silver items?

Regards Charles A.

I’m not (completely) crazy then. Maybe it’s the copper in the
sterling? But fine silver has its own very faint smell too. Or at
least it does to me.

I would not, however, EVER attempt to identify a metal based on
scent alone.