Weighted sterling silver is not uncommon. But what does it mean when you have weighted sterling? Items such as candle sticks, salt/ pepper shakers, and various cutlery, have weighted material in the handle or base. This is to give the item strength and stability. Manufacturers will mark the item “WEIGHTED STERLING” in most cases. If you have a weighted item, this will greatly reduce the price. Some weighted items are filled with wax, copper, lead, or even cement.
When determining the price of your weighted items, most of the weight will come from the material that is not sterling silver. This weight will be deducted from the final weight of the item, leaving the sterling silver “shell”, which is the value. Even though it LOOKS or FEELS heavy, the true weight is what is left after the weighted material comes out.
Take a look at the photos below. The first photo shows a candle stick holder, which seems to look like 100% sterling. After the base has been broken, all the weighted material has fallen out. Leaving a light weighted sterling silver item behind.