Gemstone Guide - Silver
- Timeless look
- Budget friendly
92.5% Silver, 7.5% Alloy
The history of silver dates back to the first man, but its lore was established in 12th century England where the British called silver coins “Easterlings.” As the name caught on, it was shortened to “Sterling.” Now this affordable metal is the main staple in all jewelry collections.
The purity of silver is measured as a percentage of its weight. In order for silver to be considered sterling silver, it must be at least 92.5% silver with 7.5% alloy. Silver is mixed with alloys to improve its durability as pure silver tarnishes easily.
Silver is commonly alloyed with mostly copper but also nickel and zinc. It is plated with a metal called rhodium in order to maintain the platinum like appearance. This plating can wear over time; however, it can be restored with a simple replating process.
- Securely store in non-abrasive or velvet like pouches and fabric lined jewelry boxes
- Avoid keeping multiple pieces together
- Using a soft brush, clean gently in warm water and mild dish soap
- Dry with a soft cloth, lint-free if possible
- Do not use metallic brushes, corrosive cleaning solutions (such bleach and chlorine), or paper towels and tissues.