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Sterling silver
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Wikipedia article

This article is about an older version of DF.

Sterling silver is a silver-based alloy used to create furniture and miscellaneous objects. Its value is equal to that of its components, so this metal is only really useful if you need it to satisfy a demand.

In Real Life[edit]

Pure silver is too soft to make functional items out of, so it is alloyed with other metals (primarily copper, but germanium, zinc and platinum can substitute) to make sterling silver - increasing its strength whilst retaining pure silver's ductile properties and natural beauty. While sterling silver is most commonly used for cutlery and ornamentation, some manufacturers make musical instruments from it, citing the unique sound character of the metal. Its naturally aseptic qualities also make it ideal for non-disposable surgical equipment.