Sterling Silver Jewellery
Sterling silver, also known as 925 sterling silver, is a metal alloy used in jewelry and decorative household objects. Traditionally, it is 92.5% silver (Ag), and 7.5% copper (Cu). Occasionally, other metals account for 7.5%, but the 925 hallmark will always indicate 92.5% silver purity
Today, sterling silver is one of the most commonly used metals in high-end and high-quality jewelry and accessories. But not just any silver alloy is labeled as sterling — true sterling silver must have a set amount of silver content. Sterling silver is made almost completely from pure silver. Exactly 92.5 percent of the alloy must be silver, and the remaining 7.5 percent comes from other metals, most commonly copper. This slight addition of another metal gives silver strength and durability without affecting its gorgeous, white-gray appearance.
On genuine sterling silver jewelry, you can find the hallmark 925 or some variation of the word sterling stamped in a discreet place like the back of a pendant or inside a band. If it’s particularly small, a jeweler’s loupe or magnifying glass may be helpful in spotting the sterling silver 925 stamp and other jewelry hallmarks.
Unlike pieces that are made of inexpensive nickel, brass, or other base metals, which can irritate your skin, sterling silver jewelry doesn't contain metal additions that can cause an allergic reaction.
People who are allergic to metals such as nickel and or brass can wear sterling silver jewelry without much worry. This is especially important for accessories like earrings -- you can wear them without fear that a piercing will get infected.
The metal addition to sterling silver is usually copper, which isn't as likely to cause an allergic reaction.
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