FEBRUARY 17, 2014 by DOROTHY MURPHY
Sterling silver is a super popular metal that is often used for silverware, decorations and of course gorgeous jewellery. Fine silver is classified as 99.9 percent pure silver but like gold it is too soft to make practical hard wearing objects. This is where sterling silver comes into play. Sterling silver is a mixture of 92.5 percent pure silver and 7.5 percent of another alloy,typically copper to give it strength and durability. This means that you get the stunning shining silver colour of pure silver but the benefit of a piece that will last a lifetime. To be classified as sterling silver the piece has to be at least 92.5 percent silver and common markings used to let you know the pieces are genuine sterling silver include the numbers 925 or 92.5 stamped on the piece.
As with all jewellery if you look after your sterling silver pieces you will get the most out of them. Keep your sterling silver in a cool dry place in its box, or if you want to go the extra mile you can get special treated pouches to store your pieces that will stop the sterling silver tarnishing. And always make sure you keep all your jewellery spaced so that none of it scratches off each other.
Sometimes a much loved and worn sterling silver piece can develop a cloudy quality called patina, some people love this look but if you don’t it can be removed with a polishing cloth and returned to its previously shiny state. Always be careful with your pieces and clean them only with a polishing cloth, lots of people recommend abrasive methods such as toothpaste but don’t be tempted as that will only end up scratching and ruining your piece.
Have you any tips for storing your sterling silver pieces?