What is sterling silver?
Pure silver is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. Although any metal can make up the 7.5 percent non-silver portion of sterling, copper has proven to be its best companion, improving the metal's hardness and durability without affecting its beautiful color. The small amount of copper added to sterling has very little effect on the metal's value. Instead, the price of the silver piece is affected by the labour involved in making the item, the skill of the silversmith, and the intricacy of the design.
Why does my jewelry turn black?
Remember sterling silver is an alloy of silver and other metals, most of the time copper. Tarnish is the product of a chemical reaction that is caused by the other metals that are mixed with silver reacting to moisture and sulfur in the air.
The fact that your silver jewelry tarnishes doesn't mean that is is low quality, nor that you've been cheated.
You just need to take proper care of your jewelry before and after wearing it, to minimize the chances of turning black.
What is special about jewelry from Taxco?
Taxco is known as the silver town of Mexico because it bears a long tradition handcrafting fine silver jewelry that has trespassed borders.
The trade of silversmith has been passed through generations and it has been the driving force behind the small town of Taxco for nearly a century.
The personal connection of the artisans and the love for their craft is what allows them to transform the precious metal into jewelry masterpieces.
Every time you buy a piece from Nueve Sterling, you are supporting a family in this small town that is struggling with the fierce competition of mass produced pieces.
How long does shipping take, and how much will it cost me?
If you live in Calgary, delivery is free and it will take 1 business day.
For rest of Canada and US, there's a $10 flat shipping rate or free shipping for orders $75+.
For more details please check the Shipping & Return Policy at the bottom of the page.