Silver-plated means that a base metal, commonly copper or brass, is covered with a thin layer of silver. Silver-plating keeps the weight of the item light and the cost of the item down without losing the beauty of the silver. Depending on use, the silver plating can last as long as 20 years without rubbing off.
Proprietor of MarkiDieux, stay-at-home wife and mother of one teenager & three cats, I have worn many hats over time from programmer analyst to goat farmer to knitting & crochet teacher. I'm a self-taught and avid knitter & crocheter, and my passion for the crafts has spilled out into making beautifully useful tools for myself and my fellow fiber enthusiasts.