Silver in its natural unalloyed state is 999/1000 pure, making it highly malleable
and difficult to use. Thus in order to be used in jewelry, it is often combined
with metallic alloys, such as copper to increase its strength and durability. When
pure silver or fine silver is mixed with less than 7.5% of alloy it is known as
Sterling Silver. It also improves the metal's hardness and durability without affecting
its beautiful color. Sterling Silver therefore is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper
as well as significantly more durable than regular silver.
Sterling silver jewelry is stamped in various ways such as 'Sterling', '925', 'ster',
'sterling silver' to indicate its quality. The stamping of sterling silver is done
to denote superior quality.
Silver jewelry is prone to tarnishing. It is a dulling effect that naturally occurs
when silver reacts with sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in ambient air. It is important
to clear tarnish before it causes rust or any harm to your jewelry. Silver scratches
very easily, so it is important to safeguard your silver jewelry from any substance
that is likely to scratch it. Regular polishing treatments are the ideal solution
to keep your silver jewelry shining.
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