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 your skin turn green?
It's definitely not because your piece of sterling silver jewelry is faulty or the quality is low, it could be your body's reaction to the silver. Remember that sterling silver is 7.5 percent copper and when it comes in contact with your skin, a chemical reaction occurs that causes the green color in some people.
Why my sterling silver turns black?
Sterling silver jewelry darkens due to a reaction with gases in the air, it tarnishes simply by being in contact with the air. Pure silver is, like gold, impervious to tarnish, or oxidation on the surface. It is the alloy metal which attracts the tarnish.
How can I take care of my silver jewelry?
Jewelry is worn by millions of people every day, but few recognize how they can preserve their treasures by using some simple advanced planning and thought. Here are some basic guidelines to consider when wearing jewelry:
Cleaning Your Jewelry
For those that wear jewelry regularly, keeping their jewelry clean and looking good requires regular effort. Here are some general guidelines that may help:
Knowing how to take care of your silver jewelry is really important, if you follow these simple steps your jewelry will preserve its beauty and will last you for a really long time.
The silver jewelry you'll find at Nueve Sterling has been carefully handcrafted by the talented silversmiths from Taxco, Mexico.
By purchasing a piece of jewelry from Nueve Sterling you are supporting the local silversmiths from Taxco, and gives you the opportunity to own an authentic, one-of-a-kind accessory from this iconic silver town.