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Silver's affordability and availability have made it enduringly popular with both the designers and wearers of fine jewellery.
  • Silver Alloys
    In its purest form, silver is considered too malleable to be fashioned into fine jewellery. However, when combined with other alloys that provide strength, it's this same degree of malleability that makes silver ideal for the fine art of jewellery making. Its affordability, attractiveness and brightness make sterling silver the most common precious metal used in jewellery design, usually in the ratio of 92.5% silver to 7.5% copper (or sometimes zinc or nickel). For added durability, silver products are often coated with pure silver or rhodium.
  • Silver Hallmarks
    US law requires all pieces of silver to be hallmarked according to its quality, or more specifically, the ratio of silver to its alloys. For example: 'sterling silver 925'. The jewellery maker's trademark is also required, and buyers should ensure that both markings are evident to ensure a good quality and authentic piece.

Silver Valuation

The extraction of silver from the earth is easier than the methods required by both gold and platinum. This, alongside silver's widespread presence across the planet, make it the most affordable of the three main precious metals. The cost of silver jewellery will be determined not by its rarity but by the quality and weight of the silver used, as well as the calibre of both the craftsmanship and design.

Caring for Your Silver Jewellery

Silver requires careful attention to keep it looking shiny and new, and to prevent its surface from tarnishing. It should be cleaned regularly using products specifically designed to polish silver. Silver's malleability also means it can scratch and chip if it's not properly looked after. Keeping silver jewellery in soft pouches prevents such damage, and we recommend removing silver rings when partaking in activities that could scratch or dent the metal; for example, contact sports or gardening. Some common household chemicals, such as ammonia and bleach, can also permanently damage silver, so be sure to remove your silver rings when using household chemicals, as well as when swimming.
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