No matter what type of jewelry you are in the market for, it is always important to understand the different markings and categorizations of each piece. Silver jewelry is no exception. Similar to the different types and karat weights of gold, silver has its own variations. In its purest form, silver is made up of roughly 99.9% silver and the rest is a combination of other metals. Sterling silver, on the other hand, is 92.5% silver with the remainder being mostly copper. Whether it is earrings, rings, 925 sterling silver chains or necklaces, you may see them advertised as 925 Silver, Sterling Silver, or 925 Sterling silver, but in the end, they all mean the same thing.
Pure silver is a beautiful but difficult metal to work with when it comes to making jewelry. Given its soft and malleable nature, forming the jewelry might be easy, but keeping it in that form is difficult. Any hard bumps or scratches could significantly ruin the jewelry. By adding additional metals to make a silver alloy, sterling silver has an increased hardness which makes it ideal for not only jewelry but other household items such as silverware.
Not only is Sterling Silver an ideal choice in terms of its durability, but it also has a clean and versatile look to use with many types of jewelry. Whether pairing with a stone or simply using it on its own, Sterling Silver can be used for earrings, rings, or any other type of silver jewelry collection. Sterling silver creates a timeless piece and has been used for centuries as a staple in the silver jewelry world.
Labeling a piece of jewelry with simply "silver" is an easy way to mislead consumers to purchase something that may not be as pure or valuable as they think. Silver is a generic term that really doesn't mean much when it comes to actually identifying the metallic makeup of silver jewelry. For a product to be classified as truly sterling silver, the artist by law must stamp their sterling silver jewelry piece with "STG, "SS", "STER", or "925" indicating it is, in fact, sterling silver.
Many times you will see silver jewelry that may look like sterling silver and be advertised that way, but it may mean that it is only sterling silver plated. Plated sterling silver looks great at first glance, but over time it can begin to tarnish and wear away exposing the lesser metal underneath. These lesser metals can cause all sorts of skin irritations and problems for the wearer. The lesson to remember is, if the price seems too good to be true, it is likely either plated or falsely advertised as sterling silver. Either way, your skin will expose the truth in a few short days.
A true sterling silver piece of jewelry is actually fairly easy to maintain. Similar to other metals, sterling silver can oxidize over time and tarnish and therefore will need proper care to ensure it keeps its brilliant shine.
The first step to delay wear and tarnishing is to always store sterling silver in a cool and dry place. Sterling silver can be stored with other jewelry as long as it is separated with a soft cloth to avoid direct touching. Letting your sterling silver touch other metals can lead to scratching and in turn a quicker path to oxidization. Rather than just tossing your sterling silver earrings or ring into a drawer of jewelry, try to isolate it to its own section or area of a jewelry box to avoid direct contact with other metals.
Another tip to remember is to never wear sterling silver in chlorinated water or when using corrosive household chemicals. Its easy to forget to take off a sterling silver ring or stud earrings before jumping into a pool, but chlorinated water can quickly erode the protective layer on the surface of sterling silver. Similar to chlorinated water, bleach or other household cleaners can act in the same way. The corrosive nature of these chemicals will cause a quick decay on your sterling silver jewelry.
The good news, however, is that even if you forget to keep your sterling silver ring or earrings isolated and protected from harmful chemicals, it's easy to restore sterling silver to almost brand new. If you start to see your sterling silver tarnish and have a greenish hue to it, simply rub the sterling silver jewelry with a silver cloth or use a special silver dip. This quick and easy step will turn your sterling silver back into its original shiny new look.
Here at Roma Jewelry, we are proud of the jewelry we sell and we want you to be as well. Sterling Silver jewelry can make a beautiful addition to any silver jewelry collection. Whether you prefer sterling silver earrings, a sterling silver ring, or even a sterling silver pendant, we take the time to ensure that every one of our sterling silver pieces is truly 925 sterling silver. That way you can have peace of mind and confidence that the sterling silver earrings, ring, or pendant that you buy are 100 percent 925 sterling silver.