Facts about Pure Silver and Sterling Silver

Along with platinum and gold, silver is one of the classical precious metals widely used in jewelry. Silver is a chemical element (number 47 on the Periodic Table) which is usually alloyed with ores of copper-nickel, cooper in nature and then separated out and purified. Extremely high grade silver is upwards of 99.999 per cent silver and 99.9 per cent silver is more common fine silver. Pure silver with other metals added (about 7.5 per cent copper) is sterling silver. True silver is too soft though makes ideal material for fine art and sterling silver takes the best qualities and the beauty of fine silver making it more durable and stronger. Copper is added to silver because it is available and strong and doesn't change the color of silver too much.

sterling silver earrings
Sterling silver being fine and more durable is also more prone to discoloring with time. In recent years other metals are also used to silver. Platinum, zinc and germanium are the more promising metals. Among the newer sterling silver, argentium sterling silver is the most famous. It contains the mix of cooper and germanium in addition to the 92.5 per cent silver. This type of sterling silver is known for its lack of the coloration and high resistance to tarnishing.
The hallmark sterling silver products are branded with gives an indication of the purity of silver and other metals used in it. There can also be notes about who the silversmith was and where and when sterling silver was produced.
Sterling silver jewelry is widely used in standard jewelry and in piercing jewelry. It is popular and loved by many people all over the world.