Selling Sterling Silverware

May 23, 2023

How to sell old sterling silver flatware

A Guide to Getting the Best Value for Your Treasured Pieces

Sterling silverware has long been a prized possession in households around the world. These beautiful pieces are not only functional, but they are also often family heirlooms that hold sentimental value.  Selling your beloved sterling silverware can be a bittersweet experience. While it may be hard to part with family heirlooms or prized possessions, it can also be an opportunity to give them new life with someone who will cherish them as much as you have. But where do you start?

In this guide, we'll take you through the basics of selling sterling silverware, from identifying the markings to determining the value and finding the right buyer. We understand that it can be overwhelming to navigate the world of silverware selling, but with our tips and tricks, you'll be on your way to getting the best value for your treasured pieces.

What to Look For

First things first, let's talk about what exactly sterling silverware is. It refers to any household items made of sterling silver, including flatware, serving pieces, and decorative items. Sterling silver is a silver alloy that contains 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, typically copper.

Determining Value

To identify whether your silverware is made of sterling silver, look for markings on the items such as "925," "Sterling," "925/1000," or a lion or other animal symbol. Additionally, check for any damage or wear and tear, as items in good condition are worth more than those that are scratched, dented, or missing pieces.

It's important to note that some sterling silver items may have weight added to them, but this weight is not entirely silver. These items, such as candlesticks, candy dishes, salt and pepper shakers, knives, and serving pieces with a heavy handle, contain a small amount of silver. The filling in these items is composed of non-precious materials like resin or cement.

The value of your sterling silverware depends on several factors, including weight, purity, condition, and pattern. The more your items weigh, the more they are worth since sterling silver is priced per ounce. Silver that is 92.5% pure is worth more than silver of a lower purity, and patterns that are rare or discontinued may be worth more than common ones.

At Precious Elements, we understand that selling your silverware can be an emotional experience. That's why our team of experts is here to help you through the process. With locations in Chandler, AZ and Murphy, TX, we provide top-notch customer service and fair prices for your precious items. If you have any questions or would like to start the selling process, don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help you get the best value for your treasured pieces!

By following these guidelines and partnering with Precious Elements, you can confidently navigate the process of selling your sterling silverware. Whether you're parting with family heirlooms or looking to pass them on to someone who will cherish them, we're here to assist you every step of the way. Explore tips for selling turquoise jewelry here. Reach out to us today to receive accurate assessments, fair prices, and exceptional customer service.