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Everything you need to know about 925 sterling silver

November 04, 2019 5 min read

Everything you need to know about 925 sterling silver

Have you ever been to a birthday party, engagement celebration or baby shower? If the answer is yes, you’ve probably heard the birthday girl, bride-to-be or future mom exclaiming: Wow! It’s sterling silver! While holding a beautiful piece of jewelry gleefully. You’ve probably wondered – what’s so special about sterling silver? Is it the same as 925 silver? What’s the hype all about?

What is Sterling Silver / 925 Silver?

Silver is one of the most sought-after metals in the world. It is more common than gold, but is still considered a Jewelry metal, making it a perfect combination of luxury and affordable pricing. Sterling silver is a sturdy compound of silver and copper, making it perfect for jewelry, ornaments and beautiful gifts. Sterling silver consists of 92.5% silver, and 7.5% copper, hence the universal symbol of sterling silver – 925. Sterling silver and 925 silver are, therefore, two different names for a very clever and unique silver combination. 

The original sterling silver was used for many general items, including belt clasps, drinking cups and of course – silverware. Nowadays, it is used primarily for jewelry and display products such as candelabras, candlesticks and more. Surprisingly, the flute and the saxophone are composed of sterling silver, due to its unique acoustic characteristics.

How can I identify sterling silver/925 silver?

Original 925 silver can be identified by a 925 or .925 stamp located within the piece. Oftentimes, the universal sterling silver symbol will be enclosed in an oval shape, and the manufacturing country will be embedded alongside it. Its many advantages make it a desirable and sought-after metal, so it is important to check for authenticity before the purchase! 

Once you decide to purchase a sterling silver item, it is imperative to verify its authenticity via the 925 / .925 / Sterling / Sterling Silver stamps. Make sure the silver is from a reputable firm and from a trustworthy country, and ask for a proof of purchase.

A very partial list of the advantages of sterling silver:

Non-reactive / hypo-allergenic

Most trendy and modern jewelry contain materials such as nickel, which can cause skin irritation and itchiness in many people. This results in sensitive individuals to have a very limited jewelry collection, including only jewelry made from silver and gold. Sterling silver is an excellent addition to any collection, since it never contains nickel, and does not cause allergic or sensitivity reactions. The malleability and flexibility of sterling silver make it ideal for creating endless beautiful creations, and allow silversmiths and jewelry makers to create innovative designs and cutting-edge shapes, without compromising quality and safety. 

Healthful features

Another interesting feature of sterling silver is the healing and health properties linked to it through various surveys and studies. It is believed that wearing sterling silver jewelry can help you fight infections and repair broken skin.

Silver is also believed to regulate the blood and energy circulation, and assist in relieving symptoms associated with inflammation and arthritis.

Timeless and versatile

The timeless look of sterling silver allows you to pair it with almost any outfit and makes it suitable for any age, occasion or gender. Its sleek design, subtle glow and gentle feel are what define it as perfect.

Durable

Durability is another really important advantage. In the internet era, it’s become quite common to order jewelry online, from questionable websites, for just a few dollars. The problem with those jewelry pieces is that they don’t last very long, and often break or crack after just a few uses. Sterling silver is extremely durable and often looks the same even years later. Many have chosen to pass on sterling silver jewelry and artifacts as their heirloom, knowing it will last in a perfect condition many decades later.

You can wear sterling silver in the shower, on a hike, while sleeping and while cooking. It is recommended to refrain from wearing sterling silver jewelry in the ocean, pool, jacuzzi or hot tub, since high salt levels and chlorine may cause the metal to degrade overtime.

Sterling silver can tarnish when exposed to natural atmospheric pollution. The tarnish appears as a spotted black layer on the silver, and can be easily removed using dedicated polishes and cleaning tricks. Choosing sterling silver over silver-coated pieces is vital in maintaining the wholesome features – if the item tarnishes often due to increased exposure to atmospheric pollution, or becomes very yellow due to extended exposure to humidity and heat, polishing it will not remove the silver, but rather expose another intricate layer, without changing the overall design.

If you’re looking to expand your jewelry collection, want to gift a special someone with a timeless gift, or are determined to create a valuable family heirloom, search for sterling silver items that will last beyond a lifetime. 

Are you the creative type? Try joining local silversmithing or jewelry-making course, and create your own unique, breathtaking piece of jewelry or art.

Are you more rational? Carefully review your budget, and read through the list of advantages we’ve provided, and make the decision most suitable for your needs – it is our bet you will decide on 925 silver!

Here are some tips for safe and secure storage and polishing of your sterling silver items:

  1. Keep the silver dry as much as possible – try to limit the exposure to humidity, rain and sweat. Remember – it’s ok if the silver gets wet, but it is best to wipe it off with a soft cloth and let it dry.
  2. Polishing – use a dedicated microfiber cloth and silver polish to gently remove dirt from the item. If your item is detailed and complex, try using a Q-tip to reach the difficult areas. 
  3. Cleaning methods – there are many cleaning tips and methods, ranging from dedicated polishes to natural cleaning methods. We recommend a careful review of each product or method and trying out the method or product on a corner or an old piece you don’t need anymore.
  4. Storage – we know it’s easy to take off the jewelry and dump it on the dresser or vanity, but keeping your sterling silver jewelry in small, air-tight bags will maintain that desired ‘bling’ for much longer!
  5. Be smart – yes, we said you can wear sterling silver jewelry all the time, but we do recommend being smart about it! When doing household chores involving chemicals, getting your nails done, catching a tan or applying makeup, it is best to remove the jewelry, just in case!

Finally, remember to check out our unique and modern collection, and read our blog for gift ideas here!