Sterling Silver Jewellery: The Perfect Blend

Sterling silver Heart necklace

What makes sterling silver an ideal choice for jewellery?

Sterling silver is a great choice for jewellery as it’s a precious metal that looks beautiful and is strong. Did you know that whilst pure silver is stunning, it is too soft to maintain its shape and withstand daily wear. Most silver pieces are therefore crafted from alloys with varying silver content. At Silk & Steel, all our silver jewellery is made from sterling silver, which comprises 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. This composition strikes an ideal balance between durability and lustre, ensuring our pieces are both robust and radiant.

Why is sterling silver more durable than pure silver?

The main difference between pure silver and sterling silver lies in their composition. Pure silver is extremely soft and malleable. Whereas, sterling silver is an alloy that combines 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper. This blend significantly enhances the metal's strength, making it much more durable and practical for everyday wear.

Can you wear sterling silver jewellery every day?

Absolutely! Wearing your sterling silver jewellery regularly can actually help prevent tarnishing, as the natural oils in your skin and the friction from daily wear maintain its shine. However, like all fine jewellery, it requires careful handling and storing to avoid oxidisation. We recommend removing your sterling silver pieces—whether necklaces, earrings, rings, or bracelets—before swimming, showering, cleaning, handling chemicals, or engaging in strenuous activities (like going to the gym) to keep them in pristine condition. However, we recommend wearing gold-plated  sterling silver on a more occasional basis, rather than every day, to help maintain the longevity of the plating. When you are not wearing your sterling silver jewellery, always store in a cool, dry, dark place, away from moisture and humidity, to help maintain its appearance and gently clean with a soft cloth, from time to time.

How do we ensure the authenticity of our sterling silver pieces?

At Silk & Steel, we are committed to using only genuine sterling silver in our finer collections. Each piece is meticulously crafted to maintain its lustre for many years and you will fine it stamped with ‘925' to mark its authenticity. This hallmark can be found on the clasp, inside the ring or on the post or butterfly of our earrings. It is a testament to the high-quality materials and craftsmanship that go into each piece, ensuring you receive only the best.

What can you find in our range of sterling silver jewellery?

Discover Silk & Steel's beautiful range of sterling silver jewellery, from fine statement pieces set with precious gemstones to minimalist designs in our Superfine collection, that elevate any outfit. Our collection offers something for everyone, every style and every occasion. Discover accessible luxury within our range and shop online, or visit your nearest Silk & Steel stockist today to find the perfect pieces to enhance your jewellery collection.

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