Since ancient times, people around the world have valued silver. Jewelry is only one of its many uses, and you’ll find rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and other accessories made of silver.
In its purest form, silver is soft and delicate. It’s often combined with metal alloys, such as copper, to boost its strength for use in jewelry. When pure silver is mixed with less than 7.5% alloy, it’s known as sterling silver and is significantly more durable than regular silver. Sterling silver jewelry is stamped to indicate its content; you may find “Sterling” or “925.”
Silver will tarnish. If you have a silver piece you don’t wear very often, tarnish can build on its surface. Regular polishing with silver cleaner is a quick and easy way to keep your jewelry looking its shiny best. If silver gets too tarnished, it can cause damage to your jewelry.