Payal or Ankle Chains

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Last year I bought a pair of simple ankle chains from one of the young women in Pushkar who sell such things. I remembered only yesterday to pass them on to a grandaughter.

The chains are of silver appearance but less bright. I'm curious what the alloy is likely to be although there may be several different ones used.
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It probably is silver which gets tarnished if you do not clean or use it.
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I am almost certain that it is Nickel Silver, used in artificial silver jewelry.
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Originally Posted by unclelach View Post The chains are of silver appearance but less bright. I'm curious what the alloy is likely to be although there may be several different ones used.
Myths and snake oil about tarnishing of silverware:

Jewellery is always an alloy of silver and copper, or other element to harden. 100% silver is soft and never used in any jewellery or crafting. Silver tarnishes as coming in contact with air, or skin etc. The sulphites,sulphates, and sulphur in the atmosphere, skin prespiration, cosmetics will cause silver to turn dull and often tarnish. Sterling Silver is 7.5% copper.

There are silversmiths who use nickel for people who have reaction to copper. There are other metals also used, but rarely used in jewellery.
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Silver jewelry would be sold in a shop.
If you purchased it from a girl selling it on the street it is likely to be costume jewelry made of "white metal" or "nickel silver".
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To the OP, have to agree about the "nickel silver."

I've bought a few anklets off the street and they have all turned darker. Tho I took a pair to a small street shop in Chennai and he dipped them or something to make them shiny again. maybe he spray painted them!

My anklets from good jewelry stores, however, are as silvery and bright as when I bought them.
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post To the OP, have to agree about the "nickel silver."

I've bought a few anklets off the street and they have all turned darker. Tho I took a pair to a small street shop in Chennai and he dipped them or something to make them shiny again. maybe he spray painted them!

My anklets from good jewelry stores, however, are as silvery and bright as when I bought them.
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post Silver jewelry would be sold in a shop.
If you purchased it from a girl selling it on the street it is likely to be costume jewelry made of "white metal" or "nickel silver".
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If your jewellery gets tarnished, it has some silver. Does not manner how little or how much quantity ! Silver jewellery, cutlery, ring, piercings, all tarnish ! It's Chemistry and *not* some redneck-state Intelligent-Design


Nickel Silver has no, none, nada, of silver. It's also known as German Silver ! It would not show tarnish like silveralloy ! Good shop, Big shop, glittering shop, silk suited saleman, and deep c* saleswoman shop - if they sold you silver jewellery that never loses its shine - It aint silver.
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Nickel silver, Mailechort, German silver, Argentan, new silver, nickel brass, albata, alpacca, or electrum is a copper alloy with nickel and often zinc. The usual formulation is 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc. Nickel silver is named for its silvery appearance, but it contains no elemental silver unless plated. Sorce- Wiki
This makes me think that what unclelach stated must be German silver, rather a little unpolished.

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