What is Silver?
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and is sometimes referred to as pure silver. Sterling silver will tarnish over time but with care and regular cleaning can be restored to its good as new sparkling condition. The remaining 7.5% is usually copper but can be other metal and is used to give this precious metal strength and durability.
Generally, the higher the silver content the brighter or whiter the metal but beware of antiquing effects that can make a piece of sterling silver jewellery or decorative silverware look dark. Silver which is 99.9% silver is too soft to be practical for most day to day uses. Do not use tissue or anything other than a jewellery cleaning cloth to polish your jewellery as unseen tiny hard fibers will scratch the surface.
How Durable is My Gemstone Jewellery?
First of all a note about the hardness and therefore relative durability of gemstones. To measure hardness, the jewellery industry uses the Mohs scale. This gem-trade standard, conceived by Friedrich Mohs in 1812, measures the ability of a gem or mineral to resist abrasion damage.
Diamond at 10 is the hardest whereas talc at 1 is the softest. Popular gemstones like amethyst and citrine register 7 whereas rubies and sapphires register 9. Most of us come off the beach on the first day with the 3 sís all achieved - rings caked in sand, sea-salt and suntan lotion. Nude sunbathing, as far as silver and gold jewellery is concerned, is a must! Remember also that sand will scratch the surface of precious metals.
Silver is the metal of choice
For most jewellery makers and wearers silver is the metal of choice. The ranges include Baltic amber in cognac and green, traditional and modern designs in celtic silver jewellery, and a beautiful selection of vintage style Art Deco that is hugely popular. Silver is affordable.
It is not expensive like a gold or diamond. Silver is easily converted into different shapes and sizes. It improves durability and strength without effecting too much its beautiful color and sheen. It is composed of 92.7% silver and 7.5% of cooper or other metals. Silver is very popular and used in many industries because of its attractive properties. We offers you a wide range of jewellery items such as bangles, bracelet, charms, earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings, body jewellery, menís jewellery, and ankle chains in silver.