Sterling silver is also popularly known as ‘sterling silver 925’ or simply ‘925 Silver’. It is a metal, which consists of 92.5% pure silver (which is why it gets its name as sterling silver 925) and 7.5% alloy that can include other metals such as zinc, copper etc.
How is Sterling Silver different from 'Pure Silver'?
The major difference between the two metals is that pure silver has almost 99.9% of actual silver in it unlike, sterling silver 925 which as 92.5% actual silver in it.
Silver isn’t a durable metal in its pure form that is why it has a 0.1% of other metals such as copper mixed in it. This addition adds a little hardness, making it stiff enough to make silver jewelry pieces.
However, when it comes to designing complicated jewelry pieces jewelers prefer sterling silver as it is more durable. It can be bent and/or melt easily which makes it even more preferred among designers. Unlike pure silver, it is much harder and remains stiff for a longer period.
Why choose 'Sterling Silver'
There are many reasons why sterling silver is preferred to make ornaments and some of such reasons are stated as below:
Identifying the original sterling silver
Identifying original sterling silver is extremely important because there ate enough fake silver items sold very commonly in market today which can drain your investment. There are many ways to check the original sterling silver and some of them are mentioned below:
How to clean, care and store
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