Why 925 Silver Is 100%
Your Best Choice in Jewellery
If gold has its 24 karats as the standard for purity, silver has 925 as its counterpart. Keep in mind that pure 100% silver is too soft for jewellery purposes, thus, it has to be mixed with copper, among other metals, to produce an alloy with sufficient strength for jewellery casting. The resulting alloy in 925 silver also has other desirable properties depending on the type of metal added to it, such as high resistance against tarnish and corrosion.
By the way, 925 sterling silver is so named because it is composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals. You will find that the best sterling silver pieces have the internationally –accepted marks to signify their relative purity. You will also discover that more and more people want sterling silver for their adult and children’s jewellery for the following reasons.
Did you know that sterling silver is actually the whitest (i.e., most brilliant) metal for jewellery purposes? Yet it is often overlooked over gold and platinum because of its comparative affordability.
But herein also lies its increasing popularity. Sterling silver is significantly more affordable than these precious metals yet just as beautiful and durable in so many ways. You are, in fact, getting great value for your money for these reasons.
Think about it: You have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of your sterling silver jewellery pieces for your lifetime, especially when you take good care of them. You may even be able to give them as heirlooms to your children!
The near-unparalleled durability of sterling silver cannot be overemphasized especially for people who doubt it. You obviously have to take good care of the pieces as well as to take them to a jeweller’s shop for professional cleaning on a regular basis. Always keep in mind that sterling silver can be damaged with careless handling so be sure to adopt these maintenance measures:
· Always take off your jewellery before going to bed, washing the clothes and dishes, and gardening, among other activities that will expose the alloy to sweat, chemicals, and water.
· Store the pieces in airtight containers after use.
· Polish the pieces with the right cloth and chemicals, if necessary.
These tips apply for earrings, bracelets and necklaces as well as for silver onyx cufflinks.
Of course, the best thing about sterling silver jewellery is that it comes in a comprehensive range of styles and designs so much so that every need and want will be addressed. Sterling silver is, after all, a more affordable material to work with so artisans will likely have more works of art in it.