What is 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. It is composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals. But, copper is the preferred metal to mix with silver. To create sterling silver, copper is added to silver and the reason is because pure silver is 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.
Properly caring for you sterling silver means keeping it in a cloth pouch or a jewelry box if you are not using it. If you want to keep your jewelry looking its best, avoid harsh chemicals such as bleach or chlorine pool water. If your silver becomes tarnished, then you can clean it in many safe ways. You can polish it over and over with a soft cloth. 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. Mix the salt to the water to dissolve it. Next dip the silver in the solvent for one minute and the tarnish will disappear and the jewelry will become 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. Silver can be made into rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and brooches.
There are many different marks of Sterling Silver all over the world. 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. Letters and numbers mark the Mexican Sterling. IN many different places you will find different markings of sterling silver which has already reached thousands. What you can learn from these markings include its origin, the time it was made, and the amount of silver in each piece.
Sterling silver should not be confused 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.