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    Question Why is SILVER 925 not used for bracelets?

    Because it tarnishes? I don't really get that.
    People like bronze and patina and all that, so why aren't there any SILVER 925 bracelets?

    I can imagine many really interesting designs.
    But the only example I could find was this (not the best example what *I* think could be done with it, but...):
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    I have nothing against that "biker style" and I do understand the criteria for a bracelet to be a WATCH bracelet.

    But are you against the very idea of silver 925 for a bracelet?
    Would you consider one if the design was "right" for you?
    And if so, what sort of designs would you like to see?

    It seems to me, that the material (Silver) would lend itself to a variety of designs that would be either difficult to do, or not as appropriate in stainless steel.
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    Re: Why is SILVER 925 not used for bracelets?

    I wouldn't want one, because (imo) the tarnish/patina that silver gets is a lot less appealing / visually interesting, compared to the tarnish/patina that bronze gets. (I've got a 925 silver ring, and the patina on it is.. not attractive).
    Of course, this is highly subjective - maybe people who are really into bronze/brass patination (such as those posters who reportedly take their watches to bed under covers to let naturally expulsed methane patinate them more...) would be into silver patination too.


    There might be a facotr of association too. For watches, brass and esp. bronze associates with ships and submarines and "manly old-school industrial stuff", where as silver.. that makes one think of silverware (i.e. silver tableware). Not quite as exotic...
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    Re: Why is SILVER 925 not used for bracelets?

    silver 0.925 I believe is sterling silver. sterling silver is fairly soft and if you think desk diving marks on stainless steel is bad I can only imagine how bad it would look on sterling silver. 100% sterling would probably cost more than stainless silver and plating would probably be a disaster. i am not sure about sterling would survive in salt water compared to stainless steel.
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    Re: Why is SILVER 925 not used for bracelets?

    Quote Originally Posted by walt hamm View Post
    silver 0.925 I believe is sterling silver. sterling silver is fairly soft and if you think desk diving marks on stainless steel is bad I can only imagine how bad it would look on sterling silver. 100% sterling would probably cost more than stainless silver and plating would probably be a disaster. i am not sure about sterling would survive in salt water compared to stainless steel.
    92.5% silver (sterling) would not be too soft. There have been many circulating coins made from at 90% silver and they took the abuse reasonably well.

    Pure silver (99.9%) would be too soft.

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    Re: Why is SILVER 925 not used for bracelets?

    Quote Originally Posted by cedargrove View Post
    92.5% silver (sterling) would not be too soft. There have been many circulating coins made from at 90% silver and they took the abuse reasonably well.

    Pure silver (99.9%) would be too soft.
    If we are actually talking about sterling, it's reasonably tough but will scratch. Sterling flat wear can take abuse, but it does require occasional polishing. Silver isn't very expensive compared to gold, and the small quantities needed for watches or bracelets wouldn't be cost prohibitive. When I see silver next to stainless, the "warmer" look is pretty obvious and more attractive. However, the tarnish is a pain and not attractive, IMO.

    I have wondered why someone hasn't done something with nickel silver. Is the allergy issue that big?
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    Re: Why is SILVER 925 not used for bracelets?

    I used the word soft in that sterling scratches/scuffs easily--stainless steel has a higher mohs rating than sterling.

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    Re: Why is SILVER 925 not used for bracelets?

    It could be tarnish related thing as a lot of old silver doesn't develop the pleasing patina of bronze it just looks dirty.
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    Re: Why is SILVER 925 not used for bracelets?

    It would be prone to develop tarnishing. I do have a 925 silver rhodium plated Must de Cartier rondo Quartz watch which after 24 years still looks like in brand new condition.

    The problem with a 925 silver bracelet is that the moving links would result in wear of the plating allowing the underlying silver to become exposed which in turn would lead to tarnishing.
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    Re: Why is SILVER 925 not used for bracelets?

    Quote Originally Posted by sticky View Post
    It could be tarnish related thing as a lot of old silver doesn't develop the pleasing patina of bronze it just looks dirty.

    Wouldn't bikers - and others - like their watch looking partially dirteh?

    Heck, I see people baking their dials in the oven for that "vintage" look.

    I am sure not everyone likes their watch shiny and new-looking.
    And silver takes the bruises so much more elegantly than steel, in that sense.
    Desk diving marks would only add to the look.
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    Re: Why is SILVER 925 not used for bracelets?

    Quote Originally Posted by X2-Elijah View Post
    Of course, this is highly subjective - maybe people who are really into bronze/brass patination (such as those posters who reportedly take their watches to bed under covers to let naturally expulsed methane patinate them more...) would be into silver patination too.
    Haha. I've never heard of that before. I've heard of the hard boiled egg in a ziplock bag trick, but not this, um, natural method.
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