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TYPES OF SILVER AND HOW SILVER ENGRAVING IS DONE
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TYPES OF SILVER AND HOW SILVER ENGRAVING IS DONE

Solid Sterling - is 925/1000 or 92.5% silver, and 7.5% copper, this is fixed by law for an item to be called "Sterling Silver".  Solid sterling is very very soft and so not generally used for saddlery and tack items any more as it dents easily.

Sterling Overlay or Overlaid silver - is a solid layer of 25%  sterling overlaid onto another metal of nickle, copper, brass or a mix of one or more of those metals as a durability. Sterling Overlay will hold it's brilliance and value and will  be more durable then solid sterling.

Silver Plated Silver - is made by electroplating fine silver on a base metal alloy, usually of nicke lsilver, Britannia metal, brass or copper. This costs less, but will wear through and not hold it's brilliance.

Alpaca/ German Silver /Nickle Plate ( an alloy of coper, nickle and zinc, generally a mix of 10% nickel, 50% Copper, and 49% zinc and really contains no silver at all)
Beautiful engraving can be done on many types of silver listed above.  The engraving may be the same on two like items but it is silver cost that creates the most notable cost difference.  Another cost variable is the amount and detail of the engraving, some designs may be very simple, others very detailed.  More detail = increased time in labor.

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