Selling silver jewelry, flatware, and other silver items online can be a way to make some extra money.

Do you have any unwanted silver items? Things that might have value include sterling silver flatware, serving pieces, and teapots.

If so, Cash for Silver USA has a convenient, hassle-free, and risk-free process to trade your silver for cash and all from the comfort of your home.

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Selling silver can be a smart decision, whether you’re looking to declutter your jewelry box or want to cash in on the value of your silver pieces. Learn how to sell silver jewelry and maximize your returns with our expert tips and insights:

Where to Sell Silver for the Best Price

You can sell silver to a number of silver buyers. However, not all silver buyers are the same, and each one has different requirements. Here are some of your options:

  • Jewelry stores
  • Coin shops
  • Pawn shops
  • Consignment shops
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Etsy
  • Online silver buyers, like Cash for Silver USA

If you do a search for “silver buyer near me” and see local buyers like pawn shops and jewelry stores, keep in mind they are usually resellers. What they can offer is often limited by the resale value of your items. Pawn shops have to turn around and resell the piece or send the piece to a refiner. This has to be factored into what they offer to you.

Cash for Silver USA is a reputable online buyer of silver, gold, platinum, and palladium in the United States. Since 2005, we have paid millions to thousands of customers like you for their unwanted or broken precious metal jewelry.

We handle everything remotely, and our simple selling process means everything can be done from the convenience of your home. We offer a quick and straightforward selling process, ensuring customers receive prompt and competitive offers for their items. Request a free Appraisal Kit.

Did you know about our Price “Beat” Guarantee? We will beat any competitor’s written offer or return your items to you free of charge. 

How to Sell Silver Online to Cash for Silver USA

Selling silver online does not have to be confusing or difficult. We have spent years streamlining our process to make it easy and efficient.

Cash for Silver USA has a simple, three-step process, and it all begins with requesting your free Appraisal Kit. Here is our hassle-free, risk-free process:

Step 1: Request a Free Appraisal Kit

Provide your shipping details to receive your free Appraisal Kit, facilitating a swift offer. When you request a free Appraisal Kit, well supply you with the necessary shipping materials to ensure your silver items are transported to us safely. The shipping is prepaid, tracked, and insured.

First step to selling silver to Cash for Silver USA request Appraisal Kit
Step 2: Get a GIA Certified Offer

Within 24 hours* our certified Jewelry Experts will appraise your valuables using the latest technology and send you an offer.

Second step to selling silver to Cash for Silver USA request Appraisal Kit
Step 3: Receive Your Payment

You will be rushed payment once you accept our offer or we’ll return your items to you free of charge.

Third step to selling silver to Cash for Silver USA request Appraisal Kit

How Much Is My Silver Worth?

Determining what your silver is worth will require understanding what the current market price is for silver. Because we refine a lot of precious metals, the condition or appearance of your silver will likely not impact your offer. Most of what we buy gets melted down, refined, and recycled.

So, when you sell to us, we look for the ratio of silver purity and the weight; we don’t look at if your materials are damaged or broken.

In the U.S. market, the purity of silver falls primarily into four grades:

  • Fine silver (.999, or 99.9% silver)
  • Sterling silver (.925, or 92.5% silver)
  • Coin silver (.900, or 90% silver)
  • German silver (.800, or 80% silver)

To see check the purity of your silver is, look for a marking stamped into the piece. If it says “925,” then you know it is Sterling silver. If it is not stamped, testing can determine the percentage of pure silver.

Examples Of Valuable Silver Items You May Have At Home

Many people don’t realize they might have valuable silver items in their homes. Are you one of them? Take a look around because here are some things that could have value:

Sterling Silver

Identifying sterling silver items in your home can be rewarding. It is pretty durable and can be made into jewelry and other items. You might want to sell jewelry you no longer wear or is broken, or you might want to sell your worn sterling silver flatware and cutlery to buy a replacement set you like better.

In addition to your silver jewelry, here is what else you should be looking for that contain sterling silver:

  • Silverware
  • Plates
  • Platters and serving dishes
  • Coffee and tea sets

Remember to look for silver symbols and markings stamped into the metal to see what the purity level is.

Here’s a list of common sterling silver flatware manufacturers and their silver markings:

  • Alvin Silver – Labeled as “Alvin,” typically over a dragon emblem
  • Dansk Silver – Labeled simply as “Dansk”
  • Durgin Silver
  • Fine Arts Silver – “Fine Arts Silver” in a circular stamp
  • Gorham Silver – Company emblem includes an anchor and bear and the letter “G”
  • International Silver – noted as “International Silver” or “I. S. Co. Sterling”
  • Kirk and Smith – The words “Kirk & Smith
  • Lunt Silver
  • Oneida Silver – Either “Oneida Sterling” or “Heirloom Sterling”
  • Reed & Barton
  • Rosenthal Silver
  • Saart Brothers – Either labeled as “Saart Sterling” or “SB Sterling”
  • Tiffany & Company – “Tiffany & Company Makers”
  • Towle Silver – Emblem is the letter T with a griffin inside. May also be listed “Towle”
  • R. Wallace Silver – Very common brand with tons of different emblems such as “R.W. & S.” and “Wallace Sterling”
  • Wheelock Silversmiths – Will say “HandMade Sterling Wheelock Newport, R.I.”

“Junk Silver,” a.k.a. Coin Silver

When you see interesting coins, do you toss them into piggy bank or loose change jar? It’s possible you might have silver coins or gold coins that collectors are not interested in but might have value due to their silver content. The silver in these coins is often referred to as “junk silver” or “coin silver,” and it is usually 90% (sometimes listed as .900 or 900).

Do you have any of these U.S. coins you can sell for cash value.

  • 1878-1904 and 1921 Morgan dollar (90%)
  • 1892-1915 Liberty Head “barber” half-dollar (90%)
  • 1916-1930 Standing Liberty quarter (90%)
  • 1932 and 1934-1964 Washington quarter (90%)
  • 1942-1945 Jefferson “wartime” nickel (35%)
  • 1946-1964 Roosevelt dime (90%)
  • 1964 Kennedy half-dollar (90%)
  • 1965-1970 Kennedy half-dollar (40%)

To get an idea of the value of your “junk silver” coins, weigh them, multiply the weight by the current spot price of silver, and apply the purity percentage to that total. When you do this, you just might be surprised that the silver value is higher than the face value of the coins.

Scrap Silver

Do you have scrap silver? Your broken silver jewelry, silverware sets missing pieces, bent or chipped silverware that got caught in the garbage disposal, and even unsightly earrings can be valuable to you when sold. Who knows, you might just see some items that are valuable as scrap silver when you visit flea markets, estate sales, and flea markets.

Silver-Plated Materials

When you look around your home for silver to sell, you might run into some silver-plated items, like vases, candlesticks, sauce boats, and serving dishes.
These items are typically made of copper, pewter, brass, and other base metals. A thin layer of silver is added on top to enhance the appearance.

With these items, there is no melting value of the silver itself. They often look beautiful and have sentimental value, but for metal refiners, there is no value. If your pieces are marked with EPNS or EPBM, then it they are silver-plated.

Tips for Selling Silver

Before selling silver, it’s essential to be well-informed to ensure you make the best possible transaction.

1. Know the Type of Silver You are Selling

Determine what kind of silver you have. Silver can be in the form of bullion, coins, collectibles, sterling silver, silverware, scrap silver, or junk silver. Each type has different value determinants and market demands​​.

2. Research the Current Silver Market Price

Understand the current market price of silver, also known as the spot price. Per Kitco, the price of silver is $30.82 per ounce as of July 16, 2024. This price fluctuates due to various factors like inflation, supply and demand, and economic expectations. Keeping an eye on the silver market helps in timing your sale effectively​​.

3. Determine Your Silver’s Purity

The purity of silver directly affects its intrinsic value. The higher the purity, the more valuable the silver. For example, silver bullion, which is almost pure silver, tends to have a higher value than silver alloys​. Cash for Silver USA uses high-tech equipment to analyze your items, but you can also test your silver at home:

  • Visual inspection: Look for silver markings on your pieces. Look on the clasp of a necklace or the underside of a fork. Sometimes the markings are small and you might need a magnifying glass to read them.
  • Acid test: An at-home nitric acid test kit can approximate the purity of silver in just a few seconds. The estimates are broad and it relies on your perception of color, but this test can tell you if an item is genuine.

Feel free to skip the at-home testing process and send your silver to a reputable online silver buyer like Cash for Silver USA. Our expert team will provide you with an offer and seamless experience. Request your free Appraisal Kit now.

Why Choose Cash for Silver USA?

Looking for a trusted online silver buyer? Cash for Gold USA stands out for three main reasons: our know-how, our commitment to your safety, and our speedy service.

    • Expertise: Selling silver jewelry, gold, or even dental scrap? Our expert team, including professionals certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), will value your items using the latest technology and use the most up-to-date market prices. We’re known for our industry-leading skill and accuracy.
    • Safety: Concerned about selling your silver online? Don’t be. We’re rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. Plus, we offer free shipping and free insurance up to $5,000 on your items, with the option to add more coverage up to $100,000, but please contact us first.
    • Efficiency: We’re not just about fair and competitive offers; we want your experience to be outstanding. That’s why we offer some of the industry’s fastest appraisal times. Accept our offer, and you’ll get your payment quickly.

When you are ready to start, request your free Appraisal Kit today.


Cash for Silver USA is a prominent online buyer of silver, gold, platinum, and palladium in the United States. Since 2005, we have paid tens of millions to tens thousands of customers for their unwanted or broken precious metal jewelry. We offer a quick and straightforward selling process, ensuring customers receive prompt and competitive offers for their items. Learn more about us or request your free Appraisal Kit now:

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