What is Tibetan Silver?
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I saw some items posted that were described as Tibetan Silver and wondered what that term meant. I googled it and am still not sure if it is a constant standard like sterling silver which is always 92.5% silver, or if it is more like a descriptive term like saying something "is blue."
I even read an eBay article where items described as Tibetan Silver were lab tested and actually contained some pretty scary ingredients like arsenic and lead.
So, does anyone have experience with this metal/alloy and can shed some light on it for me?
Posted at 10:39 pm Nov 22, 2008 EST
Be careful. Bali can be as pure or better than sterling. Tibetan can be great, or can contain no silver at all.
I treat ALL such names the same as trade names for gems....meaningless marketing blech.
It is sterling, fine, coin etc. Or a percentage listed. Other names leave too much ambiguity for me to have any confidence in.
Posted at 10:42 pm Nov 22, 2008 EST
This was a helpful article
Posted at 12:35 pm Aug 5, 2009 EDT
I think there seems to be more awareness of lead and nickel content now with Tibetan silver. Certainly one of the suppliers I use has certification to say their items are lead and nickel free.
In some ways I think tibetan silver is better than silver plate because it stays silver - ie no plating to wear off.
Posted at 5:24 am Aug 19, 2009 EDT