A Guide to Sterling Silver Jewelry
If you want something reasonably prices but beautiful jewelry, then you should get Sterling Silver Jewelry. Silver jewelry can be worn during casual occasions or formal occasions. Sterling silver is composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals. Copper is still the best metal to mix silver. Copper is added to silver to create Sterling silver since pure silver is a very soft metal. Since pure silver is very soft metal, the jewelry made from it is easily scratched and easily loses shape. If you care for your 925 jewelry and store it properly, then you can see its durability and may last you a lifetime.
Sterling Silver jewelry should be put in a cloth pouch or a jewelry box to properly store it when it is not in use. Your sterling silver jewelry will look its best if you don’t use harsh chemicals on it like bleach or chlorine. Tarnished silver can be cleaned in many safe ways. You can polish your silver with soft cloth by wiping it carefully over and over. You can also wrap a plate in aluminum foil and add one tablespoon of table salt and one tablespoon of water softener salt to warm water. The dissolve the salts in the water. If you dip your silver jewelry in this mixture for a minute and the tarnish will completely disappear and the jewelry will be shiny again.
Over the years, people all over the world have created sterling silver. This is affordable jewelry that is very beautiful. Silver is one of the whitest metals in the world and this is why it is so shiny. Jewelry and currency is something created out of silver.
Today, Sterling silver is made in countries all over the world including the United States, Mexico, Scandinavia, and Thailand and others. Jewelry made of silver can be rings, necklaces, bracelets, earring, and brooches.
All over the world, there are many different marks of Sterling silver. In the US, sterling silver is marked Sterling, sterling silver, ster, and 925. Siam Sterling is the mark found in silver sold in Thailand. When Thailand changed its name, the jewelry began being marked made in Thailand or Thailand 925. Mexican Sterling is marked with letters and numbers. Markings on 925 silver from all of the world number in thousands. You can learn a lot from these markings such as where it came from, when it wad made, and how much silver is in each piece.
You must not confuse sterling silver jewelry with silver plated jewelry. Plated silver is nickel or copper items with a thin coating of silver over the top. You will find silver plated jewelry less expensive but the silver in this type of jewelry will also rub off and make your skin turn green.