In pretty much every aspect of retail sales, there are many levels or degrees of quality in the items that you can buy. That’s why there are dollar stores, high-priced shopping malls, and online catalogs – there’s a little something for everyone. However, if your goal is to purchase quality sterling silver as holiday gifts for retail, it pays to learn about the various types of silver so you’ll know what to look for when you shop.

Next to gold, silver is considered by many to be one of the most precious metals in the world. It is used by manufacturers of silver jewelry to make everything from wedding rings to keepsake pendants. For retailers, white label opportunities can be beneficial to offer customers something new and unique that helps to strengthen your brand and set your business apart from the competition. JT Inman Company has earned a solid reputation for our quality sterling silver products and custom options for retailers.

Step One: Check the Label

When it comes to fine sterling silver, there are a few markings that you need to look for on holiday gifts for retail. The inscription can be one of a few options, including “ster” or “sterling,” which means that the silver content is 92.5 percent, which is what is used by manufacturers of silver jewelry, quality sterling silver, and our white label opportunities at JT Inman Company. Other inscriptions can include 92.5 and 925.

Step Two: The Magnet Test

The finest sterling silver is an alloy made by combining 92.5 percent pure silver with another metal, typically copper or nickel. The copper versions are considered to be the best quality, while nickel is a metal that can often cause a reaction in some people, turning their fingers green. Quality silver can pass what is known as the “magnet test” because silver is non-magnetic. Simply tilt the silver object or piece of jewelry at a 45-degree angle and place a magnet on the tilted surface. If it slides off and doesn’t stick, it’s real; if it sticks, it’s probably fake.

Step Three: The Cloth Test

You can also rub quality sterling silver with a soft, white cloth. If you find any black marks on the cloth, then the silver is most likely real. Pure silver oxidizes when exposed to the air, which is why careful maintenance, cleaning, and storage is essential when you own fine sterling silver. If there are no black marks on the cloth, it may be fake, but it could also just be really clean. You may want to do other tests to verify if you still suspect that the silver is real.

Step Four: Take It to a Professional

A jeweler can help you identify quality sterling silver, and you will likely learn much more about the piece and the identification process for your trouble. Manufacturers of silver jewelry can use a variety of different grades and percentages of silver. To make sure that the holiday gifts for retail that you stock in your store – or purchase for a loved one – are real, do the simple tests listed here and, if still in doubt, consider consulting with a reputable jeweler in your local area.

Step Five: Trust JT Inman Company

If you want to provide fine sterling silver holiday gifts for retail and white label opportunities in your store, you can trust the JT Inman Company name to provide you with top quality products. As manufacturers of silver jewelry and fine sterling silver objects, we have a solid reputation within the industry for providing top quality items to retailers and custom clients all around the globe. We work with some of the biggest names in the business, designing and manufacturing products of the finest quality available.

If you would like to see some of the options available in our catalog for quality sterling silver, visit our website and browse our online catalog. You can also contact our customer sales department and speak with a representative about ideas for custom holiday gifts for retail or white label opportunities. Give us a call at 508-226-0080 or use our online contact form to reach out to a team member at JT Inman Company.