What is 925 Sterling Silver?

March 17, 2017 Celia Lane

Most people love silver jewelry, but what exactly is 925 sterling silver?

Sterling silver is an alloy of  92.5 percentage of pure silver and 7.5 percentage of other metals. Pure silver is too soft to be used alone to make jewelry. Copper is the most common metal to be used in combination with silver to create a .925 piece of silver, also known as sterling silver.
Why Silver Tarnishes?
Tarnish is a natural process in silver. It's a chemical reaction in the metal caused  by pollutants in the air and water, especially sulfur gasses in the air and hydrogen sulfide in water. 
Daylight speeds up the process of silver getting tarnished. For that reason is recommended to storage silver in a jewelry box, zip lock bag or jewelry organizer.
It's a good idea to keep a polishing cloth in a jewelry organizer or armoire to buffer your pieces before putting them away. This will keep jewelry clean longer, as the cloth will remove oils and contaminants that stick to the metal while in contact with your skin and air.
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