Everything you need to know about silver!
Jewellery is the perfect finishing touch to any woman's look. They enhance beauty and are the perfect addition that adds sophistication and glamour to a woman's look. The most common and prevalent jewellery is made of silver, gold or platinum. They have been worn since antiquity for various purposes - demonstrating high social status, protection from evil forces, belonging to a particular society/organization, etc. There are various methods and means of making jewellery, such as forging, casting, cutting, soldering, etc.
The middle of the 20th century marked the boom of jewellery. The development of technology worldwide and the discovery of new materials unleashed the enormous potential of this field. Combining different precious metals and gemstones has gained increasing popularity over the years.
In this article we decided to reveal the properties and characteristics of silver. Continue reading to find out why you should really add silver jewelry to your jewelry collection.
Sterling silver, or so-called "sterling silver", is a universal alloy that finds its place among the most preferred precious metals. Most people aren't sure what makes this metal so special. What exactly is silver and what is the difference from pure silver and other popular metals? How does it meet the individual needs of jewelers, designers and consumers?
Sterling silver is an alloy made of pure silver and other trace elements, but to fully understand why it was developed, we need to start with pure silver.
Pure silver - too soft metal
Pure silver is an incredibly soft metal and while it is beautiful, it is not practical for items that are used for any kind of use such as household goods or jewellery. To be functional, the malleability of silver must be enhanced with another stronger metal (most commonly copper).
Sterling silver (925) - the beautiful solution
Sterling silver is an alloy of two or more different types of metals. The metals are heated to a liquid state and then poured together, forming a new material with properties from each metal.
When Europeans discovered America, they stumbled upon an abundance of rich silver mines. Central and South America have become the largest silver mining and processing regions in the world. Once artisans discovered that silver could be fortified with copper or another metal, they began to make all sorts of items from silver, including perfume bottles, cutlery, medical equipment, jewelry, and musical instruments.
Today sterling silver is one of the most commonly used metals for high quality jewellery and accessories. However, not every silver alloy is sterling - true sterling silver must have a certain amount of silver content. Sterling silver is made almost entirely of pure silver. Exactly 92.5 % of the alloy must be silver, and the remaining 7.5 % is other metals, most commonly copper. Adding a small amount of another metal adds strength and durability without affecting the lovely white-gray appearance of the silver.
The easiest way to tell if a piece of jewellery is made from sterling silver is by looking for a stamp of quality and authenticity on the jewellery. According to international standards, all sterling silver jewellery must be marked with a quality seal that clearly indicates the precious metal content of the jewellery. The usual markers for sterling silver jewelry include:
- Sterling silver
Note that small and delicate jewellery under one gram is not marked with this stamp as there is a chance of injury and deformation of the jewellery. If you are skeptical there are several ways to test the silver content of your jewelry. Place the jewellery next to a magnet - silver should not be magnetic. If the jewellery sticks strongly to the magnet then it is not silver. The best way to know if your jewelry is made of high quality sterling silver is by consulting a jeweler. Jewelers can tell you the exact value of the content as well as what the quality of the metal is.
Reasons to choose sterling silver:
Sterling silver is a very attractive material for jewellers and designers, but what about your personal jewellery collection? Below, we've listed five key reasons why you should include sterling silver jewellery in your collection.
Some people are allergic to nickel, with a higher percentage in women due to contact with the metal through various jewelry. Nickel allergy can lead to irritating symptoms such as irritated and itchy skin. Other cheap metals can also lead to an allergic skin reaction, causing redness, swelling and blistering.
Sterling silver, made from 92.5% fine silver, is a perfect hypoallergenic alternative. You are much less likely to experience an allergic reaction from silver jewelry compared to those made from nickel or brass. This means you can wear silver accessories without the risk of infection or irritation. This quality is of utmost importance when it comes to accessories like earrings that are in constant contact with the skin.
Sterling silver is significantly stronger than pure silver, as well as other precious metals such as gold. Scratch resistant and damn durable, sterling silver jewelry can be worn for a lifetime with proper maintenance.
The quality and durability of silver jewellery is incredible, especially considering its relative affordability. If you love the shiny look of silver but don't like the constant maintenance, silver jewelry will come as a breath of fresh air.
Because sterling silver is easy to work with, designers regularly experiment with new and extravagant designs, which means you can always find stylish and interesting accessories for personal use or gift giving.
Sterling silver also allows you to keep up with the latest fashion trends, but without spending a lot of money on it. Because of its popularity and classic appeal, sterling silver is constantly being polished, and artisans are constantly creating new designs to meet current trends.
The ocean of silver jewellery is vast. This allows you to customize your collection to express your beautiful and unique personality.
Silver adds an elegant touch to any look, making it a must-have for any jewelry collection. Its different shapes and designs make it a suitable metal for both casual and elegant looks. Hence, everyone can choose the most suitable and well-liked piece of jewellery that suits their personality and style, while being the perfect finishing touch to the look.
Accessibility and diversity
Thanks to the wide range of silver designs available, you can quickly build up an interesting and varied jewellery collection. To ensure you are getting high quality silver make sure sellers have products with the silver content of the jewellery clearly marked. Look carefully at the company's website and social media before making a purchase.
Sterling silver 925 is a versatile and gorgeous metal for any type of jewelry, whether you're looking for a sturdy piece that will last for years or a classic design that fits any style. At Silenti Jewelry, we fully understand the power and beauty of sterling silver jewelry. We are dedicated to helping you choose the jewelry that best expresses your unique style and unique personality.
Silenti Jewelry offers high quality jewelry at affordable prices. Browse our online collection of sterling silver jewelry that includes unique rings, bracelets, necklaces, charms and sets made from sterling silver and gemstones. Our jewelry expresses messages without words!