Do you know a bit about Sterling Silver, it's make, advantages and care considerations?
Here's a quick guide to draw a picture of 'silver' finesse:
Before you start shopping, it's never a bad idea to educate yourself about recognizing genuine sterling silver and what makes a sterling piece high quality.
CONSISTENCY & MAKE-UP: Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper or zinc. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925, hence the standard hallmark stamp S925. Sterling silver is actually a distinct material with a different make-up, care techniques, lifespan, and price.
The addition of these other metals makes sterling silver significantly stronger and more durable. This allows it to be used to make a number of other things including Jewellery.
- more affordable
- more durable
- easier to shape than the soft and malleable fine silver, thus creating more options made of sterling silver
- hypoallergenic features
- easy to maintain
- easily compatible with other metals such as white gold and platinum
HOW TO KEEP YOUR STERLING SILVER ITEMS:
- preferably store it in a dark place away from air and water exposure, if possible in an airtight bag
- store each jewellery individually
- store each jewellery with the clasps unhooked
- clean your silver items with anti-tarnish liquids and a soft cloth
And how often should you clean jewellery you might ask?
Well, it really depends on the type of jewellery you have. If you'd like to keep it nice clean and shiny, every two weeks will do for a sterling silver or gold, gold-plated piece. Diamonds and precious stones are said to be better handles by professional jewellers and cleaned every six months or so often.
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