Can you tell the difference between pewter and sterling silver?
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I've got some daisy spacers I'm taking off of a necklace I made at least a year ago. I can't tell if they are silver pewter or sterling. I've bought both kinds in the past (although I only buy sterling silver these days) but the design looks exactly the same to me.
Does anyone know how you can tell the difference? Will oxidizing them more tell me anything?
Posted at 12:51 pm Jul 8, 2008 EDT
Pewter is much much softer and will only shine to a dullish grey. Silver will look bright and mirrored. Also, the inner portions of the spacers - are they dark dark black? If they are silver, then they will achieve a dark black from sulfur (oxidizing)... pewter will only get darkish matte grey.
I welcome any photos if you want to send them to me :)
Posted at 1:08 pm Jul 8, 2008 EDT