Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Sterling Silver?
Sterling silver is a precious metal alloy containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of other metals, usually copper. This composition enhances durability while preserving the luster of silver.
2. Does Sterling Silver Tarnish?
Yes, sterling silver can tarnish over time due to exposure to air and moisture. However, regular cleaning and proper storage can help prevent tarnishing. This article offers great solutions to get rid of tarnish: How to Clean Silver Jewelry: 4 Easy and Effective Methods to Remove Silver Tarnish
3. How Do I Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry?
For general cleaning, use a mild soap and water solution or a silver polishing cloth to gently clean your sterling silver jewelry. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive materials. This article offers great solutions to get rid of tarnish: How to Clean Silver Jewelry: 4 Easy and Effective Methods to Remove Silver Tarnish
4. Can I Shower or Swim with Sterling Silver Jewelry?
It's advisable to remove sterling silver jewelry before showering or swimming, as exposure to soaps, chlorine, and other chemicals can accelerate tarnishing.
5. What is the Hallmark on Sterling Silver Jewelry?
Genuine sterling silver jewelry is often stamped with a hallmark such as "925," indicating the silver content. This hallmark verifies its authenticity.
6. Is Sterling Silver Hypoallergenic?
While sterling silver is generally hypoallergenic, some people may have sensitivities to certain metals. If you have known metal allergies, consider checking the alloy composition.
I’m very conscious of metal allergies since I have a family member that suffers with this type of allergy. All my jewelry is made from Sterling Silver which I buy from a prominent supplier in Canada. The Silver Solder I use consists of silver, copper and zinc. I do not rhodium plate which is usually where nickel can be introduced to the jewelry.
7. How Do I Store Sterling Silver Jewelry?
Store your sterling silver jewelry in a cool, dry place, preferably in an airtight bag or jewelry box. This helps minimize exposure to air and slows down tarnishing.
8. Can I Wear Sterling Silver Every Day?
Yes, sterling silver is durable and suitable for everyday wear. However, avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and rough activities to maintain its longevity.
9. What is the Difference Between Sterling Silver and Silver-Plated Jewelry?
Sterling silver is a solid alloy with a high silver content, while silver-plated jewelry has a thin layer of silver over a base metal. Sterling silver is more durable and valuable.
10. How Do I Determine My Ring Size for Sterling Silver Rings?
You can measure your ring size using a piece of string or a ring sizer. I have Reuseable Adjustable Finger Sizers available. Alternatively, visit a jewelry store for a professional measurement.
Always consult the care instructions provided by the jeweler and consider the specific characteristics of each piece of sterling silver jewelry.