Jewely & Fashion

Understanding Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver 925

Silver is a malleable precious metal which is 99.9% pure. Because it is so soft, it is not suitable for jewelry, and it must be combined with other metals to create more durable alloys.

Sterling silver is one alloy that was created to increase the durability of pure silver for practical use. It is the most common alloy found in jewelry, and sterling silver’s composition is 92.5% silver, and 7.5% other metals. The 7.5% is usually copper. The introduction of these metals creates a strong, durable alloy that can withstand jewelry design and wear.

Many countries have their own version of sterling silver, but the US requires at least 92.5% silver in each alloy,  this standard ensures companies must create 925 sterling silver, which is high-quality and conducive to all its intended uses.              

While sterling silver is a common jewelry making component, it actually had many uses over time. In fact, its biggest use was in tableware at fine dining establishments.

The facts

  • Sterling silver’s won’t fade over time. You will never have to worry about its silvery shine fading, and as long as you clean It and polish it the color will last.
  • Sterling silver is more expensive than silver plated jewelry, but that is because it does not have a cheaper base metal.
  • Sterling silver alloy will still tarnish, it can take much longer if the piece is properly cared for.

How to clean your Sterling Silver Jewelry

  • Wipe your pieces with a soft cloth and store in the jewelry box wrapped in the non abrasive paper provided..
  • Read our jewel care guide.

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