What is Sterling Silver? How to take Care of Silver Jewerly?

April 05, 2017

What is Sterling Silver? How to take Care of Silver Jewerly?

Sterling silver is widely used in our daily life nowadays.  If you are a typical woman, you probably own several sterling silver necklaces, bracelets, rings, and other jewelry pieces.  Many men are still fond of sterling silver neck chains and rings. 

We put sterling silver at the first place when choosing material of necklace. 925 sterling silver we used is nickel-free, lead-free, cadmium-free and friendly to your skin, especially sensitive skin.

Here, we aim to provide a wealth of information about Sterling Silver, Sterling Silver History and Silver Care for Sterling Jewelry.  Information is provided in the form of brief articles, helping you have a better understanding.

This article was developed to answer many questions that our customers have asked over the years about silver.


What is Sterling Silver?

Some people believe that "sterling silver" is pure (100 percent) silver.  Some people use the terms "silver" and "sterling silver" interchangeably.  This is also incorrect. 

Pure silver can be combined with many different types of metals, and sterling silver is created when combining pure silver with copper.  Sterling silver jewelry can be composed with different amounts of copper but is most often seen with the 925 stamp, meaning that the composition is of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. This has been found to be a good combination for maintaining the silver's durability without harming its sparkle.


Sterling Silver History

Pure silver was found to be a soft and easily damageable material. When combined with other metals, most commonly cooper, it produced a tougher material that could be heavily relied on. Throughout the next few centuries, sterling silver was used as currency and for household items. It was often used as silverware and became the material used in a proper table setting between 1840 and 1940 throughout the United States and Europe. Because of this popularity, silver companies began to grow. During this craze, companies began to experiment using sterling silver compositions in jewelry, as it was a material that was easy to mold into intricate designs and gave a luxurious look with its metallic finish. Today, sterling silver is widely used in all kinds of jewelry styles and shines as beautifully as other precious metals, with the benefit of affordable pricing.


How to protect Your Sterling Silver jewelry bright

Silver should not come into contact with harsh household chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, or chlorine. To avoid scratches, store silver in a lined jewelry box or pouch, as it is prone to tarnish as it naturally reacts with sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the air. Cleaning and wearing silver jewelry regularly will prevent this and help maintain its shine. Immediately upon noticing any discoloration, use a gentle polish made specifically for removing tarnish.