Silver has been valued for centuries and at one time was considered even more valuable than gold. At MySolitaire, we are fortunate to possess the finest silver craftsmen working on chosen classic designs. This guide will help you to select the right pieces of silver and sterling silver jewelries and accessories.
History of Silver
For thousands of years, silver has been widely used for making ornaments, utensils and even used as basis for monetary systems. It’s recognized as a precious metal along with gold. The usage of the metal since the olden times is evident from the fact that the word “silver” is used in Anglo-Saxon literature as siolfor and seolfor. In Germanic languages also, the metal silver is referred to as silbir and silabar. The symbol Ag which is used for silver is taken from Latin language. The root for the word lies in Indo-European languages in which ‘arg’ refers to shining and white objects.
Two major differences between silver and sterling silver:
- Sterling silver is mainly an alloy of silver, consisting of nearly 92.5% fine silver and 7.5% other metals, like copper, which make it less expensive. Fine silver is composed of 99.9% pure silver, and it is a bit more expensive. That’s why it is used for making jewelry, and also in the photography industry.
- Sterling silver is sensitive to air and water, and it gets tarnished on its surface, whereas silver is like gold, which does not tarnish even if it is in constant contact with air and water.
There is a huge difference between true sterling jewelry which can last years and plated jewelry that will come apart leaving marks on your skin. The problem is a lot of people couldn’t buy the real sterling silver jewelry although spend much money. The most common way to identify sterling silver is to find the number 925, most sterling silver jewelry will be marked “925” on its surface. Unmarked sterling silver does exist, but not really on jewelry. Jewelry that’s sterling silver should be marked as so.
Why is sterling silver jewelry always so popular?
- .925 Sterling Silver is used often in Jewelry because of the incredible brilliance, shine, luster & durability. Silver has one of the highest reflectivity of any metal.
- Silver is much more abundant and easier to mine than Gold.
- Sterling Silver is always in style and always gorgeous, fashionable on any anyone and any skin-tone.
- Sterling Silver is forever popular in style and essence, and more affordable to purchase than Gold or Platinum.
Caring for Your Silver Jewelry
Silver tends to tarnish, so always store your sterling silver jewelry in tarnish preventative bags and in a cool, dry place. Clean your sterling silver using mild soap and warm water and drying with a soft lint‐free cloth. Silver tarnishes, so store your sterling silver engagement ring in tarnish‐preventive bags in a cool, dry place. Tarnish can be removed by using a silver cloth.