A Guide to The Home of Authentic Silver Jewelry Wear

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.

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Two major differences between silver and sterling silver:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

MySolitaire’s Special Collection

Silver Two-Tone Men's key ring with three round cut diamonds. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.01-0.03 Carats. Perfect for the modern man. The Diamond is SI2 - I1 clarity and I-J color.
Silver Two-Tone Men’s key ring with three round cut diamonds. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.01-0.03 Carats. Perfect for the modern man. The Diamond is SI2 – I1 clarity and I-J color.

 

This vivacious Garnet and Diamond Pendant showcases an alluring AA quality pear shaped Garnet, adorned with forty-seven plush Diamonds prong set in Silver. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 5.34 Carats. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.28 Carats. This marvelous pendant comes finished with an 18-inch Silver Cable Link Chain. Wear this spectacular pendant to rock the world.
This vivacious Garnet and Diamond Pendant showcases an alluring AA quality pear shaped Garnet, adorned with forty-seven plush Diamonds prong set in Silver. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 5.34 Carats. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.28 Carats. This marvelous pendant comes finished with an 18-inch Silver Cable Link Chain. Wear this spectacular pendant to rock the world.

 

These mesmerizing Diamond Hoop Earrings highlight twenty-four baguette White Diamonds each prong set in Silver. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.50 Carats. Approximate Silver Weight: 3.50 Grams. A delicate pair of earrings to adorn yourself.
These mesmerizing Diamond Hoop Earrings highlight twenty-four baguette White Diamonds each prong set in Silver. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.50 Carats. Approximate Silver Weight: 3.50 Grams. A delicate pair of earrings to adorn yourself.

 

This is an extraordinary Men's Single Link Charm Necklace, designed in Silver. The necklace measures 20-inches in length. Enliven your look with this elite necklace.
This is an extraordinary Men’s Single Link Charm Necklace, designed in Silver. The necklace measures 20-inches in length. Enliven your look with this elite necklace.

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Why Black Diamond Stud Earrings Are So Popular

Black diamond studs add a touch of style and poise and are revered for their unique light absorbing properties. Unlike colorless diamonds, cut, color, clarity, and carat weight do not apply to black diamonds. They weigh lighter than colorless diamonds and often have minor inclusions due to their coloring. These seductive black diamond stud earrings have increased in popularity in recent years and will be sure to turn heads.

Associating earrings with just women is a thing of the past. Now, with the evolving trend in fashion, men are more than ever interested in earrings, jewelry and stylish accessories. A lot of men, especially famous personalities, wear this look!

Black studs stuck well with men because of its bold color. Celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Michael Jordan, and David Beckham are known for wearing black diamond studs such as the one below.

Black_Diamond_Stud_Earrings_361802_1_Even though men’s earrings with diamond studs have always been popular, every now and often we see different geometric that are trending for men’s earrings. Celebrities like Harrison Ford, Ne-Yo, Usher, and Chris Brown are seen wearing princess cut diamond studs on red carpet events or as a part of their everyday outfit.

Certifying Black Diamond Stud Earrings

How does diamond certification come into play with black diamond studs? Many jewelers don’t provide grading certificates for pre-set pairs of diamond studs.

However, if you are going for a DIY pair of stud earrings and starting with loose diamonds, you should definitely seek out a GIA or AGSL certificate. All of the loose diamonds in our collection at MySolitaire are certified, so you can design a pair of black diamond studs with two certified stones.

Assuming your jeweler is a trusted and certified professional, he will provide you with the real thing and not an enhanced copy. Clarity is the most important aspect of black diamond quality; however, the quality standards of black diamonds are very different. Always seek the GIA certificate and receive the original copy with your jewelry purchase, as you can trust that the GIA only grades natural black diamonds as an assurance of its genuineness. With the affordable prices, it is worth your while to own the real offer, which is only available at select diamond stores like MySolitaire.

5 Reasons to Choose Black Diamonds

  1. Beautiful & Mesmerizing – Breaking the conventions is the most stylish thing and black diamonds break all the conventions. They offer you a great room for experimentation and style in shape, cut, metal and setting types. Black and whitems28854bl_large - Copy is the most classic and stylish that magnifies in black and white diamond jewelry. A dandy black and white diamond stackable ring or all black diamond eternity band stacked with white diamonds looks so hot. Rough black diamond necklace or bold ring in blackened gold is perfect to make a bold style statement.
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  3. Unique & Quirky – Unique not only for the rich color but also the cut. Since black diamonds are opaque they can be cut in any shape from round to star to Picture 410 flower to kite to hexagon to anything. Again the faceting is very distinct; the stone may or may not have a flat table rather have multiple facets on the face or have very few long straight facets. A pair of round rose-cut studs or pear rose-cut black diamond set in a hand crafted in yellow gold ring will go a long way to add the quirk in your style. If you have a distinct style then black diamonds are for you.
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  5. Economical –Black diamonds are far less expensive than the other diamonds Picture 6592 period. However this does not make them inferior or low in quality in anyway. In fact natural untreated black diamonds are very rare and expensive. Treated black diamonds definitely give you more choice and prove to be very light on the pocket. If you are going for natural certified diamond then a 5 carat AAA quality round black diamond will cost you around $2800.00-$3000.00, however a treated black diamond of the same size, shape and quality will cost you only $600.00 to $800. Though you can reduce the cost further by choosing a lower grade diamond but it better to go in for AAA quality only.
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  7. Bold & Stylish & Experimental – You just cannot take your eyes off the black blackdiamondring_5317diamonds. Breaking the conventions is the most stylish thing and black diamonds break all the conventions. They offer you a great room for experimentation and style in shape, cut, metal and setting types. Black and white contrast is the most classic and stylish that magnifies in black and white diamond jewelry. A dandy black and white diamond stackable ring or all black diamond eternity band stacked with white diamonds looks so hot. Rough black diamond necklace or bold ring in blackened gold is perfect to make a bold style statement.
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  9. Hit with Celebs– Enigmatic, Goth, Grunge- Black diamonds are a hot trend. This trend started simmering when Carmen Electra received a Black diamond blackdiamondring_5011_large-(3)Engagement ring from his boyfriend. It was from mysolitaire.com.  However this trend reached the every household when Mr. Big from Sex & the City proposed Carrie with a black diamond enagagement ring. Many celebrities have chosen these enigmatic jewels for the red carpet over the years – Gweneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Beyonce, Katherine Heigl, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Jennifer Lawrence, Lauren Conrad, Sarah Jessica Park all have been seen wearing black diamond jewelry.