The Most Affordable of the Precious Metals
Pure silver is a very soft metal with a millesimal fineness of 99.9%, therefore it is usually alloyed with other metals. Sterling silver is the most common silver alloy used in jewelry manufacturing, which is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper for hardness and strength. Many jewelers avoid working on sterling silver, because it is a softer metal which makes it more difficult to work on. The hallmark or stamp to identify sterling silver is 925 or sterling.
Sterling Silver is Prone to Tarnishing…
This is caused by the exposure to common components like atmospheric conditions and pollution, but the tarnish can easily be removed with a silver polishing cloth and in some cases, it requires the services of a professional jeweler. Most consumers don’t like the polishing process needed to keep their sterling silver jewelry looking like new, so many jewelry manufacturers apply an anti-tarnish coating to their products.
Sterling silver jewelry is available in all price ranges from simple light weight rings, earrings, chains, and bracelets to high end luxury pieces. Many of the luxury jewelry brands today carry sterling silver collections within their jewelry assortments, for example Tiffany & Co, Gucci, and David Yurman. The affordability of sterling silver allows more consumers to own a branded luxury jewelry item.
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If your favorite sterling silver jewelry is in need of repair or just needs a professional clean and polish, MyJewelryRepair.com has the experience and state of the art equipment to work on sterling silver and gold over sterling silver jewelry. We can make you jewelry look like new again.