The hallmark for sterling silver varies from nation to nation, (for example, the crown or lion stamped into the jewelry in Britain), but in the U.S., a national hallmark was never adopted, but the words “sterling silver”, “ster”, “sterling”, or “.925” are stamped into the piece of jewelry. There are some exceptions, however, the Southwest Indians often stamp their initials even though it is sterling silver.
Silver is not very reactive to form tarnish, however, the cooper will react with oxygen and water. There are many commercial products available to clean your silver jewelry including cloths, creams, and polishes. To keep your silver looking like new, clean your jewelry at the first sign of tarnish, and store it in a tarnish free jewelry box. Wearing your silver jewelry often will also cut down on tarnishing. To minimize scratching, store each piece in a cloth bag or in an individual padded compartment. Do not wear your silver jewelry in the shower, in a swimming pool, while spraying your hair, and for goodness sake, when going to bed. As common sense dictates, do not expose your beautiful jewelry to harmful chemicals.
Sterling Silver is the standard for shimmering sterling silver jewelry. Since 99.9% pure silver is too soft for jewelry and is easily damaged, an alloy is added to the silver making it more durable. This alloy is usually cooper since it enhances durability without affecting its brilliant color. The standard for sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% cooper, and the minimum is 925 parts per thousand.
Add Sparkle and brilliance to your elegant evening gown with a shimmering sterling silver necklace set. Whether it be an open neck diamond cut necklace or a highly polished multi-strand sterling silver necklace, it will add pizzaz to your already stunning appearance.
What turns a “little black dress” into a “LITTLE BLACK DRESS”? Just add a sophisticated, sensual, sensational sterling silver necklace and just watch the magic! Then add a pair of shimmering sterling silver earrings, and you’ve got the touch.
All jewelry pieces are available at Satin Doll Boutique under Fine Sterling Silver Jewelry.