Silver filled beads and jewelry findings are a perfect alternative to pricier solid sterling silver components, especially when sterling prices spike. They're made by using heat and pressure to apply a thick layer of 925 silver (or 999 fine silver) to a base of less costly metal. This produces a surface of sterling silver (or fine silver) that is hundreds of times thicker than a silver plating, and is unlikely to wear off in a lifetime. Our silver filled beads and findings are 1/10 silver filled, meaning that 1/10th of the entire component is silver.
2021/2022 update: Currently, labor issues are causing many manufacturers to suspend the production of silver-filled wire, because when you combine the price of silver, with the labor to make silver-filled items, the cost isn't always worth it -- sometimes the sterling silver item is so close in price that you might as well just use sterling silver instead. We will continue to carry silver-filled items when they are available and their price compares favorably to sterling silver.
Our precious metal wire is sold by the troy ounce (ozt). The number of feet per ozt varies depending on wire gauge (thickness). Click into a product's details to see the feet per ozt for that gauge.