Sterling silver is a type of silver alloy that is commonly used in jewelry. It consists of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of another metal, usually copper.
The addition of copper improves the strength and durability of the silver, making it more suitable for everyday use. Sterling silver is known for its lustrous appearance and is often marked with a “925” stamp, indicating its purity.
Sterling silver can be crafted into various designs and styles, making it a popular choice for jewelry. It can be easily molded and shaped into intricate patterns, allowing for creative expressions.
|Composition||92.5% silver, 7.5% other metals||Pure elemental silver (99.9% silver content)|
|Durability||Harder and more durable due to alloying||Softer and more prone to scratching|
|Tarnishing||Can tarnish over time||Can tarnish over time|
|Stamping||Stamped as “925” or “sterling” to indicate silver content||May be stamped with hallmark or purity mark|
|Uses||Jewelry, silverware, decorative items||Jewelry, silverware, coins, fine art, antiques|
|Cost||More affordable compared to pure silver||Typically more expensive than sterling silver|
|Maintenance||Requires occasional cleaning and polishing||Requires regular cleaning and polishing|