Sterling silver makes for a uniquely timeless jewellery choice as it does not rust over time and can be passed onto generations.
What is Sterling Silver?
There exists a common misconception that sterling silver isn’t real silver, but it most definitely is. Sterling silver is an alloyed form of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals—typically, copper. This percentage of fine silver is why you will sometimes see sterling silver referred to as '925 silver' or hallmarked with a 925 stamp.
Sterling silver jewelry is acknowledged as preferable to silver in its pure form because when fused with other metals, sterling silver hardens the materials, making it both easier to wear and form into beautiful jewelry.
Why you should invest in Sterling Silver Jewellery
- High Quality
- Safe for the skin
- Investment piece
- Easy to maintain
How do I know if it's real?
- Authentication Hallmarks: many sterling silver pieces will be stamped with the number 925.
- Magnet experiment: hold a magnet up to the piece. If the magnet sticks, the material is fake, but if it doesn’t—it’s almost certainly real.
- Polish Test: Silver needs to be polished on a regular basis as it oxidizes and tarnishes. If no black residue appears on your polishing cloth, it's not silver. Polishing the silver item is a very good indicator of its authenticity. Rust or a lack of oxidation indicates that the item is made of a different material from silver.
Due to its unique beauty, styles, textures, and strengths, sterling silver has brought joy to so many people around the world for centuries. It is still, in fact, one of the most popular choices among jewelers today.
How to care for Sterling Silver Jewellery
Sterling Silver Jewellery is susceptible to tarnishing which is easy to resolve. Tarnish appearing on your silver jewellery is normal due to various factors such as hand creams, perfumes, soaps, makeup, the air around you, and pH of the skin.
A good quality precious metal or silver polishing cloth should be an essential part of your silver cleaning kit. Luckily we can help you out with our silver polishing cloth specially formulated with a silver cleaner and anti-tarnish agent.
Not only will these polishing cloths remove tarnish from the surface, they should also give your silver a beautiful shine.
Your polishing cloth will quickly develop black marks from the cleaning process, which is to be expected. Once your cloth is completely black it needs to be replaced as these cloths won't continue to remove tarnish after they've been washed.