What is Sterling Silver? Sterling silver is an alloy of pure silver, 92, 5 percent and 7, 5 percent other metals, usually copper or nickel. Pure silver on its own is too soft and the alloys assist in making the jewellery piece durable. Sterling silver jewellery is thus stamped “925”, referring to the pure silver content in the alloy.
How to look after it? Sterling silver jewellery has a tendency to tarnish due to bright light exposure or certain liquids . Try to avoid exposing your jewellery to household detergents, perfumes, colognes, lotions, chlorine and hair products, as this will cause it to rapidly tarnish. Tarnished jewellery can be re-cleaned / polished. After wearing your jewellery, try to ensure that any chemicals or residue are first removed from it, as this will help to slow down the tarnishing process. Wearing your sterling silver jewellery often will also help to prevent tarnishing. One of the best ways to keep your sterling silver jewellery looking like new is to regularly clean it by making use of a jewellery polishing cloth.