Valuable and expensive objects have imitations. It is almost impossible to differentiate fakes from real by simply looking at the items.
Although experts can manage to do this, it is not advisable. Do you plan on getting a silver bar, necklace, or ring but are scared that you might buy a fake?
Put your fears away. You can use an ice cube to test the item all by yourself without ruining the item.
So how does this work? An authentic silver item should melt an ice cube. A fake silver object will not melt the ice cube. The cube will just melt on its own. Back to our question,
Does Silver Melt Ice?
Yes, silver will melt an ice cube faster than an item that is not silver, because silver is an excellent thermal conductor. However, you should note that silver can be in two states; pure or impure. Pure silver will melt an ice cube quicker than an object containing impure silver.
Can Ice Be Used to Test for Real or Fake Silver?
It’s is one of the safest tests to verify if an object is silver. Some tests like acid might be dangerous and unacceptable in a jewelry store. Using ice cubes is an easy and cheap way of conducting this test.
You are probably wondering where you can get ice in a jewelry store. Ice cubes are used to nurse wounds, and jewelry stores hold their items in glass cabinets.
It is easy to get cuts from the glasses, and as a first-aid measure, they should have ice cubes in freezers. Should there be an accident one can get nursed?
What To Do If The Store Has No Ice Cubes
However, if this is the case, you can walk into the nearest pharmacy or restaurant. A jewelry attendant cannot prevent you from testing the item if the products are legit silver.
An attendant who knows about silver should either be the one conducting the test or helping you out.
Place the item on the ice cube and note its time to melt the ice completely. You can use different items from the stores.
For instance, use bronze, copper, or any different metal from silver. Since silver is a good conductor, the ice cube on the silver item should melt off quicker than any other item.
Using a strong magnet. Silver is not a magnetic material. When you use a magnet on a silver item, it will not get attached to the magnet.
Only fakes will get attached to the magnet. However, the slide test is the best because some fake silver can pass this test.
When you slide a strong magnet on a silver item, the magnet will drop slowly. The magnet, however, does not get attached to the silver as it slides down. Fake silver will make the magnet drop quickly or get attached to it.
To prove that silver melts ice, you can use a silver spoon to see how it works. This will help you get a picture of the time it takes for the silver spoon to melt the ice. To help with your test, you can compare a steel and silver spoon side by side.
But you should remember if you are buying jewelry, it can either contain pure or impure silver. You also need to differentiate how the two behave when placed on ice. Good luck as you buy your silver item.