What is Sterling Silver?

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimummillesimal fineness of 925.

Fine silver (99.9% pure) is generally too soft for producing large functional objects; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with either copper or titanium to give it strength, while at the same time preserving the ductility and beauty of the precious metal. Other metals can replace the copper, usually with the intent to improve various properties of the basic sterling alloy such as reducing casting porosity, eliminating fire-scale, and increasing resistance to tarnish. These replacement metals include germanium, zinc and platinum, as well as a variety of other additives, including silicon and boron. A number of alloys have appeared in recent years, formulated to lessen firescale or to inhibit tarnish, and this has sparked heavy competition among the various manufacturers, who are rushing to make claims of having the best formulation. However, no one alloy has emerged to replace copper as the industry standard, and alloy development is a very active area.

10 Tips To Keep 925 Sterling Silver Jewelry Clean
Sterling silver may seem flawlessly sparkly but as time progresses and years pass by it gets a bit dirtier and darker. This process can happen a lot faster if you live in a country with humid weather or near a beach. To keep the oxidation process in mind its best to be proactive and take care of your jewelry before they badly need your attention. Keep them in a box safe and in a closed area where less air can come into contact with them. Another important point that most of us do not follow is to wipe sterling silver jewelry with a clean cloth after you have worn them this gets the dust and dirt out of the curves and holes of the jewelry resulting in a clean exterior.
Even gold needs to be polished once in a while so does’ sterling silver. Many people are jewelry lovers especially women of all ages and cannot get enough of jewelry shopping. Your jewelry can be old but does not necessarily mean you are tired of wearing it as some jewelry designs never go out of fashion. It tends to be bright and shiny once you bought it but the sparkly touch slowly fades away as time passes by. You can start with taking care of your jewelry once they enter your jewelry box and become a part of your jewelry collection. Some tips to slow down the process of oxidation that makes your jewelry look darker are:

  1. Keep your jewelry away from damp air and humid environment. Take extra care if you live near beach or sea as the air is ten times damp then the rest of the place.
  2. Make sure you keep your jewelry clean with the help of a jewelry cleaning cloth and polish from time to time. Use special cloths used for cleaning 925 sterling silver jewelry as it gives much better and long lasting results than other normal cloths.
  3. Avoid storing your silver jewelry along with those with gemstones as most precious stones are harder than Mohs 6 but on the other hand silver is less than 4.5.
  4. Another best way to clean sterling silver jewelry with homemade products is to clean it with toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse it with clean water and dry them.
  5. Many jewelry stores suggest cleaning 925 sterling silver jewelry by placing aluminum foil on top of a bowl. Fill it with water, ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ liquid dish soap and ¼ cup of salt and stir it thoroughly till everything mixes. Place your jewelry in the bowl for a couple of minutes. Then rinse the water which may be dirtier than it was before as all the dirt and oxides have transferred in to the solution. Rinse it with clean water and set them out on a towel to dry. The procedure is easy and can be done at home without using any harmful solution or complicated procedure.
  6. Some people also advices placing your sterling silver jewelry in the potato water which will help get you out those dirty and oxide off your jewelry.
  7. 925 Sterling silver dips are also an option but they will take the color off your gemstones fixed along with the silver jewelry.
  8. A tarnish shield is also a good option and can be used till the tarnish wears off.
  9. Avoid using jewelry boxes made of wood as mostly wood contains acid that damages 925 sterling silver jewelry faster than normal.
  10. For removing makeup stains or fingerprints off your jewelry you can place it in a bowl of warm water with ½ cup of detergent. Let it set for a while and then rinse it with clean water.