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What to Look for in Sterling Silver Flatware

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A quality sterling silverware set can become a wonderful family heirloom and make a statement at holiday celebrations, but you want to be sure you stick to these expert tips before choosing to ensure it’s the best fit. 

Look for Silver Quantity

One of the first things you may notice on a silverware piece is the numbering. Sterling silver has a silver content of 92.5 percent and a 7.5 percent content of nickel and/or copper. Why? Completely pure silver items can actually be too soft and malleable, making it very easy to damage or even misshapen during use. By adding other metals to the mix the pieces can last for much longer, making them even more valuable. 

To see what number your silverware has, check for the stamp located on the stem or base of the item. If you see the word sterling, it may also mean that the product is made with this concentration of silver, copper, and nickel. 

If you still aren’t sure, because the pieces are antique or come from another country, ask an expert to help test the piece and determine its metal quantities. They will be able to perform an acid test to help determine the percentage of each metal in your pieces. 

Make Sure It’s Substantially Weighted

The weight of your pieces is also highly influential when calculating its overall value. If you have the opportunity, hold each piece in your hand and see how it feels. It should be only slightly heavy and very sturdy. 

Each utensil should balance elegantly in your hands as you use them. Imagine you are at a celebration with your loved ones, how would you feel eating soup, cutting meats, and grabbing bits of salad as you used these pieces? Avoid anything that feels hollow or overly weighted, as they will create an awkward feel while eating. 

Find a Pattern That Appeals to You

If you’re planning on keeping the set a long time, you want to choose something that appeals to your tastes. Many people may think of sterling silver sets as too traditional, but there are many modern and unique pattern options to really set your tableware apart. 

Also keep in mind your dishes and other decor elements so everything remains cohesive. The most popular choices are ornate, modern, baguette, and shell. Each has its variations to suit any home aesthetic! 

Choose a Reputable Designer/Manufacturer

If you want to ensure your set is of the highest quality, buy from the most trusted companies like Gorham, Christofle, Reed & Barton, Towle, and Wallace. Each of these enterprises have been in business for a long time and are recognized for their consistency and world-class materials. Their pieces will also come with a warranty in case you find any defaults or need repairs.

If you’re not sure where to start, you can begin by browsing at Silver Superstore. We have been silver experts since 1996 and regularly supply well-priced and high-quality pieces available in every pattern. 

Hampton Forge: Modern Minimalism Meets Silverware

Hampton Forge Skandia Birch Mirror Stainless Steel Flatware

Well-crafted flatware is designed to last a lifetime. Hampton Forge cutlery sets are a great example of the ideal purchase for any household that wants to bring elegance and modernity into their dining space, while investing in pieces that will stand the test of time. 

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Bring Italy to the Table with Sambonet

Sambonet has long been established as the premier Italian provider of silverware and flatware made of metals like silver, gold, and copper, and stainless steel. It has been the pinnacle of fine Italian silverware since 1856. As the industry has changed, so have the signature Sambonet styles on par with French flatware offerings. 

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All About Sabre: Bistro-Style Flatware with French Flair

Sabre is a collection of fine French flatware which is as versatile as they come. Since 1993, Sabre has been creating “elegant, colorful and playful” flatware out of Paris. A joy to set on any table, this flatware has been perfectly characterized in the description above. Despite Sabre’s fearless attitude to colors, fun designs and patterns, it retains a sense of elegance and class which will make any dinner table stand out from the crowd.

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Why to Buy Fine French Flatware (feat. Degrenne & Christofle)

French silverware, Degrenne and Christofle

Have you ever given much thought to the flatware you use to eat your meals? Fine silverware might be an afterthought in your home, but it need not be the case. A traditional, high-quality French set of flatware can last for decades and be passed down through generations. Sounds more exciting than the bought-off-Amazon replicas, does it not?

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New Year, New Silver: 4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Silverware

Brand new silverware, forks and knives, on a green tablecloth.

With the holidays just wrapped up, you have a pretty good idea of the condition of your best cookware, flatware, silverware, china, and serveware. As long as those needs are fresh in your mind, it is a good time to consider what items in your kitchen and dining room need to be replaced this year.

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