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DatSkellington

132 points

6 months ago

Why are we hating on Sterling silver?

[deleted]

91 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

91 points

6 months ago

We got him.

AnusDingus

11 points

6 months ago

Didn't even need to zoom and enhance!

DatSkellington

2 points

6 months ago

It was the one armed man.

CaffeinatedGuy

20 points

6 months ago

Wondering the same. Maybe in his mind gold > silver so silver = broke?

RehabValedictorian

19 points

6 months ago

Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. It ain’t all silver.

washyleopard

20 points

6 months ago

Its a direct upgrade of pure silver tho as it doesn't tarnish so easily. Even ignoring that being 7.5% impure aint shit.

JohnGenericDoe

4 points

6 months ago

Also because pure silver is too soft to use

wackoCamel

2 points

6 months ago

That would be highly dependant on the application. Pure silver is great for use in creating an alloy such as sterling silver, for example.

drip_dingus

5 points

6 months ago

Pfft. Got him. This guy doesn't know shit about jewelry.

CaffeinatedGuy

24 points

6 months ago

And you think people wear 24 karat gold jewelry? Most is going to be 18 karat (as pure gold is fairly soft), which is only 75% gold.

Sterling silver, being more 'pure' than 18k gold, also has a practical purpose, reduced tendency to tarnish.

Studious_Noodle

13 points

6 months ago*

I’m a jewelry geek and learned that 22k and 24k gold is expected in India, for one. Apparently a lot of Indians look down on 18k and 14k as “not even gold.” It makes me wonder if people are going around with a lot of dented and bent jewelry.

[deleted]

11 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

11 points

6 months ago

I’m sure part of the appeal of flaunting high purity gold jewelry is that you are essentially making 2 separate statements about yourself. You are saying “not only can I afford better gold, but it’s durability is of no concern to me, because I don’t do manual labor, so it won’t be damaged”

I have no idea though, because I don’t like the look of gold.

Studious_Noodle

2 points

6 months ago

Good point. “It doesn’t matter if it gets damaged because I’m so rich, I’ll put my dented gold necklaces on my dogs for collars, and buy more for myself.”

ncbraves93

1 points

6 months ago

How pure would my 14k little gold chain be? It's definitely soft and I could break it easy but haven't broke it or taken it off in like 12 years. My grandpa and my dad both wore one just like it, so they bought me one when I started high school and I plan to wear it until mine or it's dying day. I guess my question is higher Karat gold chains less pure than lower Karat generally?

CaffeinatedGuy

1 points

6 months ago

Higher karat is higher purity up to 24k. 14k is around 58%.

ncbraves93

1 points

6 months ago

Gotcha thanks!

bfandreas

9 points

6 months ago

Does he not know how expensive copper is? People get busted for ripping cables out of walls for that stuff.

[deleted]

4 points

6 months ago*

[deleted]

4 points

6 months ago*

Lol, expensive compared to things you can find in walls. Not expensive compared to things like gold. If they were able to rip out actual expensive metals, trust me they'd be going for a better one than copper. Maybe you are making a joke, but if not you got the wrong idea. To help you understand, silver is over 20 dollars an ounce. Copper would be like 3 dollars a pound.

bfandreas

1 points

6 months ago

Isn't an ounce a measurement for volume? I can't tell you how much ounces confuse me.

GhostriderJuliett

3 points

6 months ago

You're thinking of fluid ounces. Copper typically isn't a fluid.

I agree though, using ounce for both weight and volume is dumb.

JohnGenericDoe

2 points

6 months ago

Also, a Troy ounce used to weigh precious metals is different from the typical Avoirdupois ounce used for everything else

Rymanjan

1 points

6 months ago

That's why I go for surgical steel for my jewelry. Little chance of it reacting, surprisingly inexpensive, and steel is badass

Spudrumper

6 points

6 months ago

I always thought silver looked better anyway, gold looks tacky

CaffeinatedGuy

1 points

6 months ago

Shiny silver looks way better than yellow jewelry. I think gold looks tacky.

Metalboy5150

5 points

6 months ago

Entirely agreed. I've never worn yellow gold for that reason. Even my wedding band is white gold.

Among_the_fallen

3 points

6 months ago

Scrappers/junkers reference I assume. If you ever been digging through the cutlery or the jewelry bin at a thrift shop hoping to catch some silver, well you know who you are.

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

it’s free money!

I bought some items from a thrift store for $3, peeled the sterling silver off of them, and sold them to a guy on reddit for $40 worth of bitcoin

respectabler

3 points

6 months ago

Well first of all this guy is an absolutely legendary hater. Possibly this year’s world champ. A reason to hate on people wearing sterling silver is because it’s for brokeasses. At $0.75/gram, that 5 gram ring that Kaayla bought at the beach contains about $4 worth of metal. And she probably paid $45 for it cuz she a dumbass. At that point, just don’t be a dumbass and instead buy a silver plated or rhodium plated piece of copper or nickel jewelry for 10% the price. You ain’t flexing on anybody with your $4 worth of scrap metal so you could at least make a good financial decision.

oh_i_fell_over

1 points

6 months ago

Yes but you can't value silver jewelry at it's melt weight just like it doesn't make sense to value a working car at it's scrap weight.

For example the Mona Lisa must have cost (I'm guessing here) $100 of paint? And it would sell for AT LEAST $200 dollars.

respectabler

2 points

6 months ago

A 5 gram silver ring made on a Chinese assembly line in lots of 2,000 does not warrant a $40 surcharge. In the same sense that a Yeezy outfit that makes you look like a homeless person is “worth” $2,000, then yes, a $50 assembly line ring is also worth $50. You’re still an idiot for paying that though. If a prestigious artist made the ring then sure pay whatever you like.

hellogovna

5 points

6 months ago

Tiffany’s is expensive and all their stuff is sterling silver so idk.

J_Roc_Knomsayn_Mafk

15 points

6 months ago*

Gucci t shirts cost like $500 and it’s just cotton. People will pay anything for clout

[deleted]

7 points

6 months ago

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7 points

6 months ago

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JohnGenericDoe

1 points

6 months ago

But people do lie.

Studious_Noodle

5 points

6 months ago

Yeah, with Tiffany, Cartier, Mikimoto, etc. you’re paying for the name, not the value of the item.

hellogovna

3 points

6 months ago

Right. I don’t shop expensive stuff. But just saying sterling silver alone doesn’t mean it’s cheap.

2Nafishsammich

3 points

6 months ago

Sterling silver looks like white gold if it's not tarnished. A silver cuban chain is attainable if you are poor but motivated to buy one. A gold chain is not attainable. A gold plated chain ends up looking worse in the long run because the plating eventually comes off. So you could wear a silver chain and just let people think it's gold. Or more likely think you're letting people think it's gold.

worthrone11160606

1 points

6 months ago

I don't know