German silver is an alloy and is very sturdy and durable. Many silvers or pewters are alloys so it is important to find out before you string your wares as you do not want to mislead people. That is the beauty of making quality jewelry that you can brag about because you have used quality materials in your completed project. If you have been online you know you can buy jewelry very cheaply but it either will fall apart or corrode with use. Most cheap jewelry is made up of pewter or copper and filler. Therefore, a sharp tug will break your necklace or bracelet or the metal will stain your skin because of brass or copper added.
German Silver seems like it is mostly used in the melting process with other metals.
German silver has been around since the 1800’s. It is a silver-white alloy, hard and tough, but malleable. It contains nickel, copper, and zinc and was originally made from copper slag at Henneberg, Germany. A small amount of iron is sometimes used to make it whiter and harder. It is the same as the Chinese alloy called packfong. It was formerly used as tableware, knife handles, frames, cases, bearings of machinery, etc.
German Silver is essentially used to make jewelry because of its hardness and resistance to corrosion. Silvercraft in german silver includes armlets, anklets, bracelets, earrings, chokers, necklaces, chain and jewelry sets. These are also used to craft articles such as tableware, marine fittings and plumbing fixtures. Because of its high electrical resistance it is used in heating coils.
I have not yet used German Silver in my jewelry making. It is less expensive but hard to find in bead shops unless it is just a bead or two. I prefer being able to brag that I use sterling silver or antique silver beads at this time. But I thought the information was interesting.
more another day…