Silver casting grains mainly come in two types i.e. 24K silver which is .999 pure and silver sterling which is .925 silver with the rest being copper. Silver grains are the primary ingredient in making silver alloys. Grains are not a favorite for investment or collections. Silver grains are mostly used as a raw material when creating silver items cast from alloys.
Bullion Trading LLC stocks 3 types of silver which include pure silver, silver sterling, and sterling silver from the united precious metals #57. The latter is a slow tarnishing silver product. Investing in silver grains is becoming a favorite option among investors because they’re promising.
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% silver by weight and 7.5% weight of base metals, mainly copper. Standard sterling silver has a minimum metal finer level of .925. Pure silver has a finer level of .999, but it’s relatively soft compared to sterling. Most of the time pure silver is alloyed with copper to improve strength and hardness.
The silver granules we stock come in pure silver in the form of rough or fine grains. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing and copper is added as an alloy to prevent tarnishing. The most commonly used base metals to alloy silver include zinc, silicon, boron, platinum, and germanium.
Pure silver is also called silver granules manufactured in the form of rough or fine grain form. 24K silver is manufactured through a simple process whereby cold water is poured through a heat-resistant sieve. In the process, silver particles of different sizes and round shapes are formed. The particle can range in size from very small nuggets to the size of cereal grains. Silver grains are produced in refineries that sell the product to industrial clients and precious metal dealers.
The Uses of Silver Casting Grains
As mentioned earlier, silver casting grains are not necessarily an investment product because the grains are meant to create jewelry and other silver items. For example, hand-poured cast silver products or cast silver bars. The size of the silver granules makes them convenient for craftsmanship or artisan. The jeweler can easily make a sophisticated pair of earrings, necklaces, or jewelry items like watches, bracelets, or chains.
Making jewelry from silver granules gives you flexibility because you can forge the type of silver you want with the desired purity levels. This character is important in producing specific silver alloys used in making jewelry. Silver granules are even used in manufacturing certain coolants found in refrigerators.
The making of silver grains can be traced to ancient Greeks. Silver granules were produced using a process that demanded patience. Silver granules can be produced using three different ways which include the outline style, the silhouette style, and the reverse silhouette method. The commonly used technique to attach silver granules to base metals includes hardening, fusing, and colloidal soldering.
Jewelers and smiths prefer sterling silver or silver alloys because they are convenient in making expensive silver items that include forks, spoons, and knives. Get pure silver casting grains from Bullion Trading LLC because it gives you an option to mix with the base metal you like in producing the items you want.
The .999 Fine Silver Casting Grains
Silver casting grains are granules mostly measuring a ¼ of an inch in diameter. Pure silver or .999 fine silver casting grains are made by dipping molten silver into cold water. The process makes silver break into small granules that condense in water and solidify. Some jewelers use advanced techniques to get regular-sized granules.
Features of the Casting Grains
- Form: Casting grains
- Metal Type: Fine silver
- Metal Color: White
- Purity: .999
- Liquid Temperature: 1,761°F (961°C)
- Specific Gravity: 10.5
- The grains vary in shape and size.
Bullion Trading cares about the safety of our customers. We strongly discourage customers from purchasing silver grains from us for medical use.
The .925 Sterling Silver Casting Grains
The .925 sterling silver casting grains are one of the best materials for jewelers because they result in a smooth cast. The silver grains are stored in protective bags to prevent oxidation. This gives you consistent quality when casting with a bright-white lustrous finish.
The Features of Sterling Silver Casting Grains
- Form: Casting grain
- Metal Type: Sterling silver
- Metal Color: White
- Purity Levels: .925
- Liquid temperature: 1,639°F (893°C)
- Solid Temperature: 1,490°F (810°C)
- Specific Gravity: 10.4
- The grains vary in shape and size because of the manufacturing process.
Note: Sterling silver is an alloy made up of base metals that reacts with the chemical found in the air and tarnishes. Sterling silver should not be exposed to high moisture, sunlight, or salty water because it increases reaction rates. You can protect your silver sterling by storing it in airtight packages with products like tarnishing tabs/strips that absorb harmful chemicals and moisture. In case the silver tarnishes, it can be cleaned easily by polishing with an abrasive brush or soaking in an anti-tarnishing solution.
Can Silver Granules be A Form of Investment?
Yes, silver granules can be a form of investment alternative to silver coins and bars. However, you should consider the following points:
- Exchangeability: If you want to purchase silver granules for investment, you should consider whether the granules are exchangeable or can be resold like coins and bars.
- Quality: Before buying silver granules you check whether they meet the quality standards established for silver. The things you should look for include purity, quality, and the weight of the precious metal.
- Transport and Storage: Precious metals like silver and gold are normally stored in high-security vaults because it’s the best way to guarantee security. Precious metal granules come in sealed bags. You should make sure that you store your silver granules in a place they’re protected from the elements of weather to prevent tarnishing.
- Flexibility: Private investors buy silver in the form of bars (ingots) that gives them the option of choosing different sizes. Silver granules come in bags that make direct comparisons difficult. If you’re buying for investment purposes, make sure you pick the correct weights.