By far our most popular metal, silver beads come in a variety of options. Sterling silver beads consist of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals. Silver filled beads have a layer of sterling silver combined with base metals during the manufacturing process. Silver plated beads have a thin layer of silver electromagnetically plated to the base metal underneath. The advancements in plating have come a long way in the past decade or so, making it virtually impossible to tell a silver plated bead from a silver filled bead. Whichever you choose, you probably already know that you have chosen wisely. After all, silver goes with everything!