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Sterling Silver Jewelry

During the past several decades, sterling silver jewelry has been making a big comeback. No wonder silver is beautiful, classy, fashionable and affordable.

History and Lore

Silver has a historical, even somewhat mystical past. For centuries, affluent nobility loved and revered silver. It was used in a variety of objects from ornaments for beautiful maidens, to weapons for brave soldiers, to silver bullets to fight the supernatural. Sterling Silver was also the preferred metal for flatware (nowadays called silverware even though most times it is not sterling silver) because of it's durability to be sharpened and hold an edge. Most kings and queens and even prominent families had their own family crest and designs crafted into the family "flatware". It was called flatware because it laid flat on the table.

Durability of

The distinguished look of Sterling silver jewelry is not easily mistaken. The look of sterling silver jewelry will change as you wear it. Chemical reactions will occur and the jewelry will take on a new natural and "earthy" look that many clients enjoy. This does not degrade the shape or longevity of any of the design or settings. IT is only a chemical reaction in color. However, if you prefer the shiny look of sterling silver jewelry, simply polish the silver for a brighter reflection. Sterling silver is both strong and soft. The metal can easily be polished because the surface scratches are not deep like can occur with gold jewelry. Silver is generally thought of as a "harder" metal than gold and therefore, may actually be more suited for everyday use.

The Care Of

To clean your sterling silver jewelry, make sure to use a cleaner that is free of phosphates! Use a low abrasive polish to remove tarnish. Most silver experts caution against using toothpaste because it is too abrasive and leaves dulling scratches. If the gemstones or "cracks and crevices" of your designs get filled with dirt, same as with gold jewelry, use a little warm water and some non abrasive dish soap and an old toothbrush to scrub the dirt away. Then use the polishing cloth to bring the metal to a fine glowing patina. Visit our jewelry care page and find various tools and tips for preserving your fine jewelry.

Sterling Silver explained

The term "Sterling Silver", in reference to the .925 grade of silver, emerged in England by the 13th century; hence, "pound sterling". The early Middle English name sterling was presumably descriptive of small stars that were visible on Norman pennies.1