All About Sterling Silver Jewelry
If you want an inexpensive way to accessorize and still look great, then you should purchase Sterling Jewelry. Silver jewelry can be worn during casual occasions or formal occasions. It is composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals. But, copper is the preferred metal to mix with silver. Since pure silver is very soft metal, they have to mix copper to make sterling silver. Since pure silver is very soft metal, the jewelry made from it is easily scratched and easily loses shape. If you care for your 925 jewelry and store it properly, then you can see its durability and may last you a lifetime.
Properly caring for you sterling silver means keeping it in a cloth pouch or a jewelry box if you are not using it. If you want to keep your jewelry looking its best, avoid harsh chemicals such as bleach or chlorine pool water. If your silver becomes tarnished, then you can clean it in many safe ways. You can polish it over and over with a soft cloth. Or you can put in a plate covered with aluminum foil a mixture of warm water and one tablespoon of table salt, and one tablespoon of water softener salt. Mix the salt to the water to dissolve it. If you dip your silver jewelry in this mixture for a minute and the tarnish will completely disappear and the jewelry will be shiny again.
Sterling jewelry has been created by different cultures around the world over the years. This is affordable jewelry that is very beautiful. Silver is one of the whitest metals in the world and this is why it is so shiny. Silver is not only used to create jewelry but also currency.
Many countries make Sterling Silver including the US, Mexico, Scandinavia, Thailand, and others. You can find silver rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and brooches.
If you look at sterling silver in different countries, you will notice different marking in different countries. In the US, sterling silver is marked Sterling, sterling silver, ster, and 925. Siam Sterling is the mark found in silver sold in Thailand. Made in Thailand or Thailand 925 are the marks of sterling silver in Thailand today. Letters and numbers mark the Mexican Sterling. There are thousands of different markings o 925 silver all over the world. The origin of the jewelry, when it was made, and how much silver in each piece can be learned from the different markings.
Sterling silver should not be confused with silver plated jewelry. Plated silver is nickel or copper items with a thin coating of silver over the top. Plated silver is less expensive but the silver coating will rub off the jewelry and some pieces may turn your skin green.