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What affects the price of silver jewelry & 5 factors you need to consider when shopping online

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925 silver jewelry quickly became popular all over the world because of its bright color, unique style, reasonable price, multiple-choice design, and exquisite craftsmanship. Unlike other metal materials, silver is relatively soft and easy to make jewelry with all kinds of shape. For some gemstone jewelry, silver is used to make them look more exquisite. Pure silver is too soft to use in jewelry making and easy to be oxidized. So it's often mixed with other metals to make it harder, so that it can be better shaped with various shapes, and inlaid with various gems.

Today we will talk about the factors that influence and determine the price of silver jewelry.

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1) Designing style and brand

In addition to the value of its metal material, the added value will also be reflected in the price of the jewelry. For example, the popularity of brand awareness, consumer perceptions and how they like the brand, and reputation, they are not only the composite factor, but also the positioning of the added value of the jewelry. The brand attributes usually divide the product into three grades: high, medium, and low, and the price are fixed by different grades. No matter how cheap a high-end jewelry is, it is generally not lower than the price of a similar mid-range jewelry.

For silver jewelry, the level of designing style also determines the level of added value. Silver jewelry is different from gold, gemstone, diamond and other jewelry, and it is impossible to value them only by silver weight and grams. A high-value-added silver jewelry that is carefully designed and crafted by well-known jewelry designers and combines fashion, art, and popular elements are usually widely recognized by the market and consumers.

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2) Types and grades of silver

Silver jewelry is classified into various types, such as 999 silver, 925 silver and etc.

999 silver is also called fine silver, which is the closest metal to the pure silver. It is marked 999 which indicates 99.9% purity. 999 silver is very soft and easy to fold due to the features of the silver itself. Therefore, it couldn't meet the requirements of exquisite craftsmanship and is not suitable for fine small pieces of jewelry.

925 silver is made of 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper and other metals such as nickel. The other metals in the silver increase hardness so the material will be more durable.

At present, the silver jewelry materials sold in domestic market are roughly divided into domestic silver and imported silver. Domestic silver has limited purification technology, while imported silver has a very high silver content, which can reach 99.99%, and does not contain harmful substances. Therefore, all silver jewelry officially produced and exported must use imported silver to ensure quality. By making an exquisite high-end silver jewelry, we can find the difference between material selections. Due to the high purity of imported silver, the silver jewelry produced by molding technology has a delicate, fine and smooth surface, which completely meets the technical standards of high-end silver jewelry.

Imported silver is further subdivided into Swiss silver, German silver, British silver and Australian silver. Among them, Swiss silver has the best quality, and German silver is antioxidative. Imported silver has better quality, and is environment friendly, so price is generally 5% -10% more expensive than domestic silver jewelry.

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3) Craftsmanship

We all know that high-end silver jewelry is usually exquisite in workmanship, unique in style and elegant in taste. They are clean, burr-free, no spots, holes and streak, have smooth surface and edge, using standard angle control, even all gaps are carefully polished. Stones are set securely in place as well as to enhance the brilliance of stones by showing their cut, clarity and color.

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4) Electroplating quality and thickness of plating layer

Electroplating is an indispensable step in the process of jewelry making. The plating layer not only protects the metal surface from rapidly turning yellow over time, but also makes the jewelry look more beautiful.

The material and color of plating layer are tremendously diverse. The cost of 18K gold plating is not the same as that of platinum. Therefore, the unit price of the jewelry is also a few dollars different. Generally, the electroplating process of jewelry with low unit price often uses low-cost electroplating materials, and the process is also simplified, so that the jewelry is easy to oxidize, fade, and even cause skin allergies.

Generally the standards are that the thickness of plating layer is between 2 microns and 3 microns for good quality jewelry. Plating layers thinner than 2 microns are mainly for popular trendy jewelry.

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5) Stone setting

For all jewelry with stones, the way to set stones on the jewelry also affects the cost. There are wax setting and hand-setting methods. Wax setting is to fix stones on the mold before casting, but it's not suitable for precious stones and Swarovski crystals, because the heat of the silver in liquid might affect the quality of the stones. For hand-setting method, stones are set by hands one by one on the jewelry, which is more expensive.

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In addition to the factors mentioned above, there are others that also affect the price of silver jewelry, such as production technology, jewelry size, order quantity, etc. If you want more detail on this topic, please feel free to email us at info@namejewelrymfg.com, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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