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FAQs - Nickel Silver
Nickel Silver is a copper-based alloy that contains copper, nickel, and zinc. The name comes from its silver appearance.
German Silver is simply another name for Nickel Silver, and the two names can be used interchangeably. The name German Silver comes from the material being developed by German metalworkers in the 19th century. As the material gained popularity in 19th century England as an alternative to silver, it became commonly referred to as German Silver.
Nickel Silver does not actually contain any elemental silver. It comprises 60% copper, 20% nickel, and 20% zinc. The material’s silver-like appearance comes from the addition of nickel.
Nickel Silver’s malleable and durable nature and its lustrous appearance make a common material used in making custom jewelry. Further, Nickel Silver is highly resistant to tarnish and easy to clean and maintain.