Sterling SilverSterling silver is an alloy that contain 92.5 percent of pure silver and 7.5 percent of other metals such as copper, lead, zinc, nickel, gold etc. It is one of the most precious metal and beautiful forms of jewelry available on the market.
Sterling silver can be used to make many kinds of beautiful jewelry pieces such as rings, charms, necklaces, flatware, earrings, beads, bracelets, chain, pendants etc.
Eventhough sterling silver is durable but it is still a fairly soft metal that can be scratched easily if used in the wrong ways and store it in the wrong places.
We don't usually see products that are made totally from pure silver because it is geneally too soft and will not maintain its shape due to it chemical characteristic.
Most sterling silver products are usually alloyed with copper to increase strength and durability while preserving the beauty and ductility of the precious metal.
Other metals such as germanium, zinc and platinum can be use to replace copper and improve many useful properties of the sterling silver for example increasing tarnish resistance, eliminating red or purple stain that appears on sterling silver alloy (also known as firescale or firestain), reducing casting porosity, etc.
The combinations are limitless and this lead to many competition among manufacturers claiming that they have the best fomulation for their sterling silver products. Today copper is still used as the industrial standard.
Sterling silver will becomes less shiny or darken (tarnishing) by oxidation over time when contact with air. This is caused by chemical reaction with sulfur in the air. However your sterling silver can becomes shiny again by using chemistry knowledge to reverse the tarnishing reaction.
Sterling silver is often mistaken with other expensive precious metals such as platinum and white gold because of it similarity.
What Does 925 Mark Mean?
925 are sterling international trade standard which indicates purity of the item meaning that every 1000 parts will contain 92.5% of silver and 7.5% of other metals.
Tips for Purchasing Sterling Silver
Many consumers especially the young one are often attracted to sterling silver jewelry because of it affordable price, attractive and beautiful designs.
Take your time to look and select quality pieces the same ways as you do when buying expensive jewelry item.
The first thing you must do is to check for 925 mark in the interior to be sure that you are buying premium sterling silver. You should not buy any product that are more pure than sterling silver because it will be more soft and likely to get permanent scratch easily.
Make sure that you know the right jewelry size that really fit you.
Buying a complete sets is a really good option for example a ring that include bracelet and charm.
If you decided to buy many different pieces then you might consider buying wholesale sterling silver jewelry online because you can buy at a much lower prices when compare with local jewelry store.
Keep your sterling silver away from light or exposure to the sun for a long period of time because it can speed up the oxidation process.
You must always put your jewelry last when doing make-up, using perfume, cologne or other beauty products because it can cause discoloration and again expedite the oxidation process.
Wipe out all the remaining residue that may be present on your sterling silver jewelry because these remaining can contribute to tarnish. Most peoples usually leave their jewelry out in the air most of the time and tarnish becomes inevitable.
Due to these reasons mentioned above, you will now need to change your habit of wearing your jewelry and the best way to prevent tarnish is to wear your sterling silver jewelry as less as possible.