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Sterling silver jewelry, such as necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings can be beautiful and stunning but at the same time they can be soft and delicate. They need some care to keep them looking shiny and close to original condition.
Pure silver is soft and malleable, so it must be mixed with another alloy to make it suitable for everyday wear. The alloy we use at Steven G Designs is copper. We use 92.5% pure silver and add to it 7.25% copper. This is the reason you will hear us refer to our silver jewelry as 925 Sterling Silver. This will retain the beauty of our silver pieces yet at the same time give them the durability to wear on any occasion. However, even with this extra durability 925 Sterling Silver must be taken care of if you want to wear your precision pieces over the long term.
A side affect of mixing the pure silver with the copper alloy is that the sterling silver will tarnish over time. When a piece of sterling silver jewelry is exposed to sulfur in the air it will react to cause the silver to turn a darker color. This is called tarnishing.
However, at Steven G Designs we bond all our finished sterling silver jewelry pieces with an expensive and durable platinum metal called rhodium. We do this for 2 reasons.
You must remember that the platinum bonding is just on the surface of the silver jewelry pieces, so it can wear off.
Here are some suggestions for keeping your 925 Sterling Jewelry that you purchase from Steven G Designs at its finest.
With appropriate care and love you can have your sterling jewelry last for an indefinite amount of time. Now that you are knowledgeable enough in taking care of your jewelry you can browse through our Steven G Designs Website and buy with confidence. Look for new designs and add your collection now.
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