German Silver is used to make jewelry into bangles, chokers, bead and chain necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings, pins/brooches, and jewelry sets because of its hardness, toughness and resistance to corrosion.
Originally a trademark of Berndorf AG., it is now used as a generic name for nickel silver, especially in Germany and Scandinavian countries. All contain copper, nickel and zinc, while some formulations may additionally include antimony, tin, lead or cadmium.
From the 1930 through the 1950s, within Mexico, artist colonies arose which produced enormously influential silver jewelry.
William Spratling and Margot de Taxco along with many others created jewelry masterpieces.
In order for Pure Silver to be hard enough and suitable for arts and crafts including jewelry, it must be alloyed with other metallic components which helps to make it hard enough and suitable for crafting.
Designers have crafted bead chains, chokers, necklaces, earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets, hair clips, brooches and jewelry sets using Pure Silver and an alloy additive.
Marks include: (pronounced ver-may), jewelry pieces have a Sterling Silver base metal topped with gold plating of karat gold metal.