Sterling silver is one of the most-liked and sought-after metal jewelry in the world. It is because there is a multitude of designs you can create using sterling silver, whether custom-made, just for you, or ready-made designs.
Jewelry company can create more intricate designs for silver than gold because silver is softer than gold.
Other metal jewelry is more expensive than silver like gold, platinum, titanium, etc. which makes it more a practical choice for jewelry. You can own a lot of silver jewelry for almost half the price of expensive gold jewelry.
The trend in jewelry has been changing nowadays, from the rise of rose gold, and there is a deviation between yellow gold, white gold, and back to yellow gold again. But there are few first choices of metals that withstand the test of time, and sterling silver is one of them. As compared to other metal jewelry in the world, sterling silver jewelry can last a lifetime or longer.
Do you want to know the trick about making your precious sterling silver jewelry into a family heirloom and be passed on to your next generation?
Here are the things you needed to know about sterling silver.
- STERLING SILVER IS NOT PURE SILVER
There are two kinds of silver: Pure Silver and Sterling Silver. Pure silver is commonly known as Fine Silver, is composed of 99.9% silver while Sterling Silver, on the other, is made up of 92.5% silver and 7.5% base alloys.
- STERLING SILVER IMPRINTED WITH .925
Sterling Silver jewelry has been so popular in time. Due to its popularity, some are making fake silver jewelry just for profit even though it is already cheaper than any other precious metal.
Ever wonder if your sterling silver jewelry is authentic or fake?
The most obvious way to check the authenticity of your sterling silver is by looking for .925 imprint in it. This imprint looks like this: Peony Leaf Ring
- STERLING SILVER STURDIER THAN PURE SILVER
You may wonder why silver needs another metal and bringing down the value of the silver in it.
It is because silver is too soft to mold into different shapes. It does not easily shape into, and it is more prone to dents and scratches. Pure silver is used mainly for decorations but not for anything that we always used like jewelry.
By adding alloys like copper, it makes the sterling silver more robust and more durable. The main reason why jewelers opt to used sterling silver because it makes it practical for them to have it in various designs.
Sterling silver level of hardness ranges from 2.5 and 2.7, which is high and makes it durable than some types of gold. Durability is essential to a piece of jewelry because it means it can hold up to regular use and everyday wear.
- STERLING SILVER IS NOT TARNISH RESISTANT
With copper as commonly used alloys for sterling silver, it makes it tarnish faster. Why is that?
When copper and other metals come in contact with humidity, moisture, or other
environmental conditions, it makes sterling silver tarnished. I recommend that you put your sterling silver jewelry in a jewelry box or display case. You can also keep in an enclosed place with desiccating packets that will absorb the humidity and protect your jewelry.
If you plan on storing it for too long, you may keep it in a jeweler’s cloth or polyurethane bags to prevent oxygen from having in contact with it.
For a long time, tarnishing can do severe damage to your beloved sterling jewelry. To keep it at its stunning feature as sterling silver, it needed cleaning regularly. By merely polishing it with a soft cloth or microfiber helps but does not use anything abrasive, though, it may scratch your jewelry.
Never wear your sterling silver jewelry while swimming and clean it with bleach. Even though the pool is chlorine-free or it is saltwater because salt caused corrosion on sterling silver. Chlorine and bleach are just some common chemicals that are of risk to your sterling silver jewelry.
Another typical beauty regimen you used daily might also damage the beauty of your favorite sterling silver jewelry, like your perfume or hairspray. You might want to dry it first before putting on your silver jewelry.
Finally, too much sunlight can cause damage to your sterling silver. I do not mean not to wear your jewelry outside but rather to keep it away from direct sunlight. Do not store it anywhere where there is direct sunlight because it can tarnish your sterling silver jewelry faster.
The facts above can keep your sterling silver stunning for a lifetime. Don’t let these facts scare you, though, but rather gives interesting ways to keep your sterling silver jewelry at its best. Jewelry is meant to be worn and enjoyed by anyone. As long as you remember these things, it likely survives the test of time.
- STERLING SILVER COMBINED WITH PRECIOUS STONES: PERFECT COMBINATION
Everybody loves the shiny silver variant that makes every piece of sterling silver jewelry remarkable and stunning. Adding precious stones to your jewelry not just add value to it but also compliments the beauty of the jewelry. Silver has a brilliant white luster characteristic that makes it a beautiful backdrop to further enhance the beauty of precious stones like Agate, Aventurine, Lapis Lazuli, Pearl, and Tourmaline.
The combination of sterling silver with these precious stones gives it a wealthy look for a very inexpensive price tag.
Here are some perfect examples of how sterling silver compliments precious stones to make a piece of jewelry more elegant and classic:
Our Agate Lotus Earring, a stunning lotus flower handcrafted in sterling silver and your choice of agate stones, drop gracefully from the lotus flower, giving out an exquisite classic look.
Our Lotus Whispers Pendant, a gorgeous silver lotus, rests beautifully on a piece of natural Aventurine. The aventurine contrast enhances the lotus’s charm in color: it brings out a silvery glow of the lotus.
Our Lapis Bud Ring, a silver flower bud hangs from your fingers, with a spherical Lapis stone, handcrafted to perfection by our artisans.
Our Studded Pearl Necklace gives out a natural vintage vibe handcrafted with Mother of Pearl and Sterling Silber. The studs' design on the crown of the pearl-shaped shell is an absolute marvel.
Lastly, our Peony Flower Brooch. The silver flower blooms, its stigma made of naturally colored tourmaline gem, this brooch is meticulously crafted by our artisans, down to its petals.
- STERLING SILVER IS VERY AFFORDABLE
The most known fun facts about sterling silver are it is cost-effective and affordable. If you want to look so elegant and sophisticated with a minimum price tag, you opt for a piece of sterling silver jewelry. You can look so classy and refined in the most affordable way possible.
It is also convenient to have sterling silver jewelry. You may not worry so much that it can get stolen or lost—perfect jewelry for travelers.
These are just a few fun facts about your precious sterling silver jewelry.
Therefore, sterling silver jewelry is a memorable and remarkable piece of accessory to almost anyone because it lives forever with proper maintenance- a piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime.
Love to buy one now? Please have a look at our sterling silver jewelry.
You might have one that you love to keep as a family heirloom and passed on to your next generation for remembrance.