Sterling silver has an attractive simplicity and understated elegance that makes it the primary choice of metal for a lot of jewellery enthusiasts. Beyond the jewellery business, few people know about the development of the metal used in a long sterling silver chain, or why pure silver simply does not have what it requires to create jewellery pieces on its own.
Sterling silver is manufactured from several metals. High quality sterling silver jewellery is a combination of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals. These metals may be zinc, platinum, germanium, or copper. Alloys make the silver more suitable for use in jewellery making. Pure silver is extremely malleable, but it's also quite soft, which leaves it open to damage and, therefore, means that it is almost impossible to use to produce solid items, like earrings that will withstand daily use. Adding alloys to the silver also improves its power to resist tarnishing and helps it to keep its sparkle for longer. Nevertheless, among the issues with a sterling silver chain that includes alloys is the fact that these metals may cause unfamiliar responses. Silver, in its pure form, is a non-reactive metal. But some individuals do respond, especially to copper, if the jewellery is worn close to the skin in hot weather. For this reason, you always need to assess the alloy percentage in your accessories. One reason sterling silver continues to be so popular throughout history is the availability and cost of this metal. Silver is mined in around 60 countries around the globe and while the cost fluctuates, it's usually cheaper than gold.
To make sure that you choose a long sterling silver chain of impeccable quality, you require a jeweller you can trust. At Think Positive Antonio Marsocci Ltd, we ensure that all of our silver jewellery, from pendants to earrings, reaches the standard you'd expect. Find out more at http://www.think-positive.co.uk/.