Sterling Silver Jewelry Today
By Sam Serio
Sterling silver jewelry: silver and gemstone rings, sterling silver
earrings, bracelets and pendants are some of the hottest fashion accessories today!
Sterling silver jewelry is enjoying an unprecedented popularity with today's fashion
conscious public. You know how beautifully sterling silver jewelry compliments fashionable
clothing and how it sparkles and shines; now here is the rest of the story.
Silver has been used since ancient times, but has not survived as well
as ancient gold because it tarnished and decomposes. There have been times, however, when
silver was "in"; we are going through such a vogue today.
Silver is the most common of the precious metals. Fine silver is pure
silver, which is seldom used for jewelry because it is too soft. Sterling silver is 925
parts silver to 75 of copper, the alloy most often used. Silver weighs about half as much
as gold, has greater flexibility, but is not as malleable, it has always been less
expensive as well. A comparable piece of gold jewelry might cost four or five times that
of a piece of sterling silver jewelry.
The current fashion trend toward black clothing has made silver jewelry
more popular than ever. Silver likes to be worn; it stays cleaner & shinier through
movement and friction. So sterling silver is a perfect accessory for today's fast paced
lifestyles. Much like gold, sterling silver needs to be cleaned.
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