Sterling Silver jewelry is an inexpensive way to accessorize and still look great. One can dress casual or formal and wear Silver. This magnificent metal is shiny and beautiful. It is composed of 92.5 % silver and 7.5 % copper or sometimes other metal, copper is usually used. The reason copper is added to silver to create Sterling Silver is because pure Silver is far too soft. When jewelry is made from pure silver it scratches and looses shape easily. 925 Silver jewelry is durable and may last a lifetime if it is cared for and stored properly.
First of all, the proper storage for Sterling Silver jewelry when not in use is to put it in a cloth pouch or a jewelry box. In order to keep the jewelry looking its best avoid harsh chemicals such as bleach, or chlorine pool water. If silver does become tarnished there are a few safe ways to clean it. One way is to polish it over and over with a soft cloth. A second way to clean tarnished silver is to wrap a plate in aluminum foil, and then add one tablespoon of table salt and one tablespoon of water softener salt to warm water. Dissolve the salts in the water. Next dip the silver in the solvent for one minute and watch the tarnish disappear and the jewelry become shinny again.
Secondly, cultures from all over the world have been creating Sterling jewelry for hundreds of years. This jewelry is beautiful and eloquent yet affordable for most people. Itr is one of the whitest metals in the world that is why it is so shiny. Silver was not only used to create jewelry, in the 1200′s Northern Germany made currency from it.
Third, Sterling Silver jewelry is made in countries all over the world today. Some countries include the United States, Mexico, Scandinavia, and Thailand as well as many others. Some commonly made jewelry includes rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and broaches.
Next, Sterling Silver jewelry is marked differently in all parts of the world. Some common markings in the United States are sterling, sterling silver, ster and.925. Jewelry made in Thailand dating back to 1950 is marked with “SIAM sterling”. After Thailand changed its name the jewelry began being marked with made in Thailand or Thailand 925. Since 1970 Mexican Sterling is marked with letters and numbers. There are thousands of markings on 925 Silver from all over the world. A lot can be learned from the markings such as, where it came from, when it was made, and how much silver is in each piece.
Finally, one must not confuse Sterling Silver jewelry with silver plated jewelry. Plated silver is nickel or copper items with a thin coating of silver over top of them. While plated silver may be even less expensive, the silver coating will rub off the jewelry and some pieces may even turn your skin green.
In conclusion, Sterling Silver jewelry is durable and beautiful. It may be worn on all occasions, and it is affordable on almost any budget.