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I picked up a pair of contemporary silver earrings at an estate sale this weekend.They look like a Lisa Jenks design, but are signed with the copyright symbol and an outstretched hand. There are a series of hallmarks on top of the bail, the 1st one is a bird or animal with its mouth open, the 2nd one is 830H, the 3rd one is an A with a bar across the top, the 4th one is a crown, he 5th one is R7.The are many reasons for using it over sterling silver. Most of the imports currently being mis-labeled as hill tribe silver are done in Ag .980, The smiths I've met over there prefer it because it is softer and easier to stamp and forge than sterling.It melts at a higher temp and so folks over there do not like it for casting however.So most Jewellery made by fine houses in Scandinavia will in fact be marked 830s but will have a standard silver of 925.
We have become so close as friends we have adopted each other as forgotten sisters!Start meeting singles in Male today with our free online personals and free Male chat!Male is full of single men and women like you looking for dates, lovers, friendship, and fun.H is the first letter of the Finnish word for silver, Hopea, and '916H' is a Finnish designation for .935 silver, see Warman's Jewelry 2nd Edition, 'Marks on Metals' for a concise listing of many silver fineness marks.'Tardy's International Hallmarks on Silver' is a great resource, and also includes the above info, and much much more, including information about the hallmarks used in Malta from about 1530 onwards.Both of the above volumes can be found available for sale online or at quality booksellers. Hi Sande-- I'm a silversmith here in the US and often work in Ag .980 I know many people that do as well.
Some countries, like France, use symbols rather than numbers, and so 925 would never have been used in those countries. A link to her site can be found on the Educational and Informational Sites page under Reference on my web site (last listing on the page). it would not come into use until after the sterling standard was introduced by england in the later part of the 19th century. goverment standards have been set for centuries and vary as to marks and country.