Silver & Flatware

Precious Elements pays top dollar for all sterling silverware. New or used, antiques or heirlooms, complete sets or individual pieces, we buy all types of silverware and flatware. Thanks to our unique business model, we are able to offer unmatched prices and same-day payment for sterling silver knives, forks, and spoons. We also buy antique and designer sterling silverware.

If you are looking for the best place to sell sterling silver flatware and cutlery online, contact Precious Elements and discover why we are one of the premier silverware buyers in the United States. There is no risk, no fee, and no obligation to receive a cash offer for your sterling silverware. Contact Precious Elements today to learn how much your collection is worth and get cash for silverware fast.


Sterling Silver vs. Silver-Plated: What’s the Difference?

Not all silverware is created equal, nor is every knife, fork, or spoon in your kitchen drawer valuable. Silverware buyers are more interested in sterling silver cutlery and flatware than silver-plated items. This is because silver-plated silverware is made from a different base metal, such as copper or nickel, and then coated with silver. There is not enough silver content on silver-plated flatware to have melt value, and it can be difficult (if not impossible) to separate the silver coating from the base metal. 

Determining whether you have sterling silverware or silver-plated silverware is the first step to figuring out how much your collection is worth. Fortunately, it is typically very easy to tell the difference between real silverware and silver-plated knives, spoons, and forks. 

The first way to determine what you have is to look for markings on the individual pieces. Silver-plated items are typically marked with hallmarks such as “silver plate,” “plated”, “EP” (electroplated), or “EPNS” (electroplated nickel silver). Sterling silver flatware is virtually always marked as such, including hallmarks such as “sterling,” “ster,” or “925” (referring to the 92.5% concentration of silver that is required to be considered sterling).  There are also other silverware items that could be marked other purities such as .999 (pure) , .950 ( mostly Asian silverware) , .900 ( U.S. coined silver) , .800 and .830 (European Silver), and other lower purities.

How Much is Silverware Worth?

If you have been researching how much your silverware is worth, you have probably figured out by now that it is difficult to say exactly how much you can expect to receive for your collection of sterling silver knives, spoons, and forks. There are multiple factors that determine the cash price for silverware—unfortunately, some silverware buyers may only consider the melt price of silver when valuating your set. At Precious Elements, we take our time to properly identify, evaluate, and appraise each item in your silverware collection to ensure that you get top dollar and not a penny less.

Market Price of Silver

Typically, the most important factor that will determine the value of your sterling silverware set is the current market price of silver. Similar to stocks, the price of silver is constantly changing, so your items may be worth more or less tomorrow than they are today depending on where the market price for silver is when you decide to sell. 

When looking at the market price of silver, keep in mind that the price most commonly reported is for pure silver (99.9% fine silver), so you cannot expect to receive as much for sterling silverware as it is only 92.5% pure. Still, looking at the current price of silver can give you an idea of what your silverware collection is worth. The best way to find out, of course, is to request a free silverware valuation and cash offer from Precious Elements. 

Rarity or History 

Although most sterling silverware is bought for its melt value, certain items or collections may be worth more if they are exceptionally rare or have a unique, documented history. If you have a collection of antique sterling silverware, contact Precious Elements for an in-depth appraisal that will make sure you get top dollar for what you have. Our silverware experts will consider the rarity and history of antique cutlery and flatware to determine whether your collection is worth more than the melt value of silver.


Antique silverware or family heirloom sets may also be more valuable depending on the designer. Genuine luxury silverware almost always includes the designer’s unique “maker’s mark” so it can be easily identified. Some designer silverware may be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than their melt value, so it is important to get a valuation from a trustworthy silverware buyer that will tell you exactly what you have and exactly what it is worth. If you have valuable designer silverware to sell, contact Precious Elements to make sure you get top dollar for your set.

Why Sell Your Silverware to
Precious Elements?

With so many jewelry stores, pawnshops, and “cash for silver” buyers online, there is no shortage of places willing to buy your silverware. So, why should you sell your valuables to Precious Elements? We’re glad you asked, and we’re happy to explain some of the reasons why so many people sell their silverware to us:

  1. Unmatched silverware prices

    Precious Elements offers unbeatable prices for sterling silver knives, spoons, and forks thanks to our unique business model. As a family-owned business, we do not have any outside investors, shareholders, or interest groups dictating the prices we can offer. And due to our large network of wholesale and retail buyers, we can offer our customers the highest payout.

  2. No-risk, no-fee silverware valuation

    Precious Elements makes it easy to see how much your silverware is worth. We offer a no-cost, no-obligation silverware valuation, which means there is absolutely no risk to have us appraise your silverware collection. Other silverware buyers may charge administration fees, appraisal fees, shipping and handling fees, and other additional fees. At Precious Elements, our goal is to make sure you are 100% comfortable and confident with our cash offer, which is why we provide free valuations and will even send back your silverware free of charge if you don’t accept our offer.

  3. Expert silverware buyers

    Although anyone can look at the market price of silver and provide a cash offer for sterling silverware, Precious Elements goes above and beyond to make sure that you are getting every penny your collection is worth. This is extremely important if you have antique or designer silverware. By selling rare or luxury silverware to less knowledgeable buyers, you run the risk of selling yourself short by accepting a cash offer that is in fact lower than the actual value of your set. At Precious Elements, we promise to tell you exactly what you have and pay you exactly what it is worth. 


If you are looking for a silver buyer you can trust—and want to receive the highest payout for your silver — consider selling to Precious Elements.


Sell Your Silverware in Three Easy Steps

As easy as 1-2-3

  1. Contact us.

    The first step to selling your silverware is to start a conversation. Contact Precious Elements online or give us a call to speak with one of our silverware experts and begin the valuation process. If you live in Arizona, you can bring your silverware to one of our locations in Phoenix or Chandler for an in-person estimate and cash offer.

  2. Send us your item.

    The next step is to send us your valuables so we can make a final decision on the worth of your silverware. After we perform a hands-on inspection and evaluation, we will offer fair market price for your set based on our findings. We are 100% honest and transparent during our evaluations, so you will know exactly what you have so you can be confident that you are getting top dollar for your silverware.

  3. Get paid.

    If you accept the offer, you will get paid the same day via your preferred payment method. If you are not satisfied for any reasons, we will ship back your silverware free of charge. We aim for 100% customer satisfaction, and that means no games or gimmicks when it comes to selling silverware online or in-person. 

There is no risk or obligation to receive a free silverware valuation from Precious Elements. If you have any questions or would like to request a free estimate, chat with us online, give us a call, or visit us for an in-person valuation. No more wasting time on confusing or complicated process to sell silverware online; Contact Precious Elements and turn your silverware into cash today!

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