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NOW is the Best Time to Sell Sterling Silver

As a professional who buys, sells, and appraises antiques, I’ve seen trends come and go, but the current silver market is truly remarkable. Silver prices are soaring to heights we haven’t seen since the 1980s.
If you have sterling silver antiques that you’ve been holding on to—whether for perceived future value or sentimental reasons—NOW might be the perfect time to consider selling them.

Understanding the Market Surge

The silver market is experiencing a significant upswing, driven by a variety of economic factors. This means that the value of your sterling silver items is likely much higher now than it has been in decades. From sterling silver flatware sets to tea sets, the high metal content in these items makes them particularly valuable in today’s market.

Why Sentimentality Might Be Costing You

It’s common to hold on to sterling silver pieces out of sentimentality, hoping they will appreciate further in the future or thinking they might make cherished heirlooms, however, it’s important to consider that younger generations typically don’t share the same interest in these items. The reality is that the upkeep required—regular polishing to maintain the shine, which is both time-consuming and unpleasant due to the strong smell of the polish—deters many from wanting to inherit these pieces.

Instead of allowing your silver to stay in a cupboard or storage, unused and ultimately undervalued, selling it now can provide you with significant financial benefits. The current high prices for silver offer a unique opportunity to turn these often-overlooked assets into cash.

Maximizing the Value of Your Sterling Silver

To make the most out of selling your silver, it’s crucial to ensure that your pieces are indeed sterling silver and not silver-plated, as the latter does not hold the same value.

Sterling silver items are typically marked with “925” or the word “sterling” followed by another number. This hallmark indicates that the piece is 92.5% pure silver, the standard for sterling silver.

In addition, European countries sometimes mark sterling silver with “800” or “850” or other similar numbers. This is considered “low-grade” silver but is still valuable. Sometimes there might alternatively be a “punch mark” which would require a professional such as Syl-Lee to evaluate.

Sets and individual pieces of sterling silver are particularly sought after in the current market. If you have sterling silver flatware, tea sets, or other substantial pieces, now is an opportune time to sell. The high metal content in these items ensures you can capitalize on the elevated silver prices.

Expanding Your Horizons: Gold and Other Valuable Antiques

It’s not just silver that is experiencing a boom; the price of gold is also at an all-time high. If you have gold items, you might want to explore the possibility of selling them as well.

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Take Advantage of This Market Peak

The unprecedented high in silver prices presents a golden (or rather, silver) opportunity. Whether you have a single sterling silver item or a collection, now is the time to consider selling. The financial return can be substantial, especially when weighed against the likelihood that these items will continue to sit unused and unappreciated.

If you’re unsure about the process or need a professional opinion, feel free to contact us. As experts in the field, we can provide accurate valuations and guide you through the selling process to ensure you get the best possible return for your treasures.

Syl-Lee Antiques — NYC Antiques Buyer
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