Sterling silver boasts an understated elegance and simplicity that makes it the top choice metal for many jewellery enthusiasts. Nevertheless, beyond the jewellery business, few understand the development of the metal used in a sterling silver chain UK, or the reason pure silver is not suitable for jewellery production on its own.
Sterling silver is created from several metals. Good 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 most commonly, copper. Metals ensure that the silver is more appropriate for use in jewellery making. Pure silver is extremely malleable, but it's also quite soft, which leaves it open to damage, and, therefore, it is almost impossible to use pure silver to produce solid items, like earrings that need to withstand regular use. Adding different alloys to the silver improves its power to defy tarnishing too, and helps it keep its shine. However, one of many dilemmas with a sterling silver chain that contains alloys is that these metals may cause reactions. Silver, in its pure form, is a non-reactive metal. But some people do respond to the other metals that are present, especially to copper, if the jewellery is worn close to the skin in the hotter seasons. For this reason, you should assess the alloy percentage in jewellery before buying. Finally, one reason why sterling silver is so popular is its availability and cost. About 60 countries mine silver around the globe, and even when the cost fluctuates, it's usually cheaper than gold.
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