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Introduction To Sterling Silver Jewelry

Silver has been mined from deep beneath the earth’s surface for centuries and has been a marvel to humankind for just as long. It is not commonly known, however, that silver in its pure form is quite malleable, making it impractical for household items and jewelry worn frequently because of its susceptibility to warping and damage. In order to find a way for silver’s gorgeous visual properties to be utilized in such products, other metals were added to create a stronger alloy. Thus, sterling silver was made. Today, sterling silver is one of the most commonly used metals in high-quality jewelry. 

Characteristics of Sterling Silver Jewelry

Sterling silver is composed of 92.5% silver, and 7.5% of other metals, most commonly copper. This precise balance allows the alloy to retain the visual properties inherent in silver such as the shiny surface and cool tone, yet taking on the strength of the other metals added to create durability. The resulting alloy is much more practical, as well as cost-effective, than pure silver. Even highly trained jewelers have difficulty differentiating sterling silver from pure silver by appearance alone. Those with metal sensitivities will also find that most sterling silver is hypoallergenic and will not irritate the skin. 

Caring For Sterling Silver Jewelry

The simplest way to ensure your sterling silver pieces stay as glittering and flawless as the day you acquired them is to simply wear them often. The oils in your skin serve to keep the metal shiny and clean. However, it is important when you are wearing your jewelry to avoid harsh chemicals such as those found in household cleaners as well as some beauty products. Clean your jewelry with gentle soap and some water. For more difficult tarnish, take your pieces to a jeweler you trust such as Thom Duma Fine Jewelers.

Shop Sterling Silver Jewelry at Thom Duma Fine Jewelers

At Thom Duma Fine Jewelers, we pride ourselves on a commitment to cutting-edge styles and high-quality materials as well as creating an exceptional customer experience. Since our company’s foundation in 1957, we have offered our community an unparalleled selection of designer jewelry from renowned brands like Gabriel & Co., Hearts On Fire, and Tacori. Our Warren jewelry store is staffed with highly trained personnel who will be happy to help you find the perfect sterling silver piece that is right for you. Book an appointment to meet with our team or browse our inventory online.