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.
Taking care of gemstones
Steam cleaning is quite effective but can result in thermal shock because of the often-quick temperature change. It can result in cracking because parts of the stone are forced to expand at different times. Most gemstones can be immersed in a solution of mild detergent and warm water.
Likewise with pearls; although soaking can result in discoloration, so this should always be avoided. After soaking for a few minutes, gently clean the stone with a soft brush. Pearls should be dried after cleaning, using a soft towel, and air-blown dry. Extra care should be taken to remove dirt from the bottom of the setting, a common place for build-up to occur.
Silver is alloyed with other metal
The word silver is used to describe its color or shade of gray. Silver is very malleable and ductile metal. It symbols Ag in scientific methods. Silver is alloyed with other metal to increase its strength. Silver is the best conductor of all metals. Sterling silver is used for jewellery which is most popular silver.
It is a grayish white metal. Silver can be pulled into wire or hammered into thin sheet. It can achieve most the most brilliant polish. Silver is more reflective than gold. In its pure form, silver is a soft metal, which is easily damaged. Sterling silver is stamped with the following quality marks: Sterling silver; sterling; ster; .925. Although any metal can be added, but most popular is cooper. It can be casual and comfortable for everyday wearing.