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Fineness of Flatware



Sterling Silver
The difference between "silver" and "sterling silver" is like the difference between gold and white gold, one is natural and the other is man-made. Silver first came into use because it was easy to work with but, like gold, silver is a soft metal that won't hold its shape under heavy use.

To fix this, Sterling silver was developed. Sterling silver is simply a silver alloy comprised of 92.5 percent pure silver and usually 7.5 percent copper, but occasionally zinc, nickel or other metals. Sterling silver is typically stamped with �925�, meaning 925 parts fine silver to 75 parts alloy metal.

Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel is an alloy of iron, chromium, and nickel. Michael C. Fina carries only stainless steel flatware that is 18/8 or 18/10. The u009318u0094 refers to the chromium content, which gives silver its strength, and the u00938u0094 or u009310u0094 refers to the nickel content, which gives it is shine and rust-resistance.

- 18/8 Chrome Nickel has 18 percent chrome for superior resistance to pitting and corrosion, but with eight percent nickel content to retain color and luster longer than flatware without nickel.

- 18/10 Chrome Nickel also has 18 percent chrome for superior resistance to pitting and corrosion, with a higher (10 percent) nickel content to retain color and luster even longer.