Silver Filled Wire

Silver-filled wire has a 5% or 10% layer of durable sterling silver bonded to (filled with) a copper-alloy or brass-alloy center.

It is not the same thing as silver-plated, which is a very thin layer of silver laid on top of a copper-alloy core.

Silver-filled is a great alternative to sterling silver for the budget-conscious buyer, and it is just as pretty and durable.

Silver-filled wire behaves much the same as sterling silver. It can be soldered, hammered, polished, tumbled, and oxidized with the same results as sterling. Silver filled wire is just slightly softer than sterling.