What Is Sterling Silver?Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper alloy.
A higher ratio of silver makes this precious metal too soft to wear or use although 99% silver is available for specialist products.
All sterling silver jewellery is 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper.
Have you ever wanted to know what makes your sterling silver dull or even go black?
All sterling silver will tarnish over time.
This is a feature of the precious metal and happens when sterling silver is exposed to the air.
Moisture and acidic body oils, cosmetics, perfume and hair sprays will all accelerate the process.
To find out more see our Jewellery Care Guide.
Wearing Sterling Silver.The attraction of sterling silver is its brightness and shine and its ability to be moulded and fashioned into just about any design. It's also affordable and much cheaper than other precious metal alternatives.
It will scratch easily as it is a relatively soft metal.
This precious metal gives a lot and in return we should respect its needs and be circumspect about when we shouldn't wear it.
For example, don't wear your lovely jewellery when cleaning, gardening, taking part in sports, swimming in chlorinated water, sunbathing, showering etc. All these activities introduce chemicals, cosmetics and rough wear conditions which will spoil your jewellery.
Storing Silver Jewellery.Prevent premature tarnishing by storing your silver jewellery in individual airtight bags. Each piece needs its own bag to prevent rubbing together and scratching.
Cleaning Silver Jewellery.
Mild soapy, warm water and a soft baby toothbrush is the first line of defence. Rinse and dry with a soft lint free cloth.
If tarnishing persists, use a jewellery polishing cloth. These are impregnated with a silver cleaning agent.
Other recommended products include jewellers' rouge and Silvo wadding - old fashioned but great!