Oakton Coins buys all forms of silver from Chicago.
The short trip to sell your silver is well worth your time because we have much lower overhead than downtown Chicago silver-buying shops, and we pass our savings on to you in the form of better offers. Give us a call at (847) 231-0507. It doesn’t matter what a jewelry store charges you for your everyday non-luxury-brand silver. Silver price is based on weight 90% of the time.
It’s always smart to shop around when selling your old silver jewelry, especially in the Chicago area.
Household sterling or silverware includes tableware, cutlery, and other household items made of sterling silver. Silver is sometimes bought in sets or combined to form sets, such as a set of silver candlesticks or a silver tea set. Silver requires a good deal of care; it tarnishes and must be hand polished, since careless or machine polishing ruins the patina.
Sterling silver flatware is made of an alloy containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. The copper gives it strength, since pure silver is too soft. To be marked “sterling,” it must have a minimum of 92.5% pure silver (although some older pieces use lower amounts of pure silver such as .800 – 80% and .500 – 50%). Sterling silver (or otherwise) must be refined to .999 pure silver. Only then can it be used for applications like medicine, electronics, brazing alloys, chemical equipment, catalysis, and photography.