What Does the 925 Silver Stamp Mean?

If you’re jewelry addicts like us, you probably carefully study every piece of jewelry before buying it. You may have noticed a 925 stamp on certain silver baubles. What does a 925 stamp mean? That’s what we’re here to tell you!

A 925 stamp (aka a .925 or S925 stamp) signifies that 92.5% of your jewelry is sterling silver, and the remaining 7.5% is made of alloy metals. If you see 925 stamped on a piece of jewelry, this means the jewelry meets the quality standards of silver. Anything without a 925 stamp isn’t considered true silver. Now there is one loop-hole (isn’t there always?) – not all countries are strict with their markings or require a stamp. Luckily there are easy ways to test for sterling silver authenticity at home.

1) See if your silver jewelry sticks to a neodymium magnet. If your jewelry does stick, then it’s a good indicator it isn’t sterling silver.

2) Rub a soft white cloth on your silver jewelry. A 925 piece of jewelry should oxidize when exposed to the air, so if you see black marks on your cloth, then your piece is more than likely sterling silver.