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My Sterling Silver Jewelry is pleased to offer you sterling silver anklets, sterling silver bracelets, sterling silver earrings, sterling silver pendants, sterling silver rings, necklaces, cubic zirconia, fashion jewelry - much of this adorned with turquoise, black onyx, abalone and other precious and semi-precious gemstones. Great gifts for yourself and others!

 
  



   


What Is Sterling Silver?

Silver is one of the most popular metals used in jewelry. Sterling silver is the standard for jewelry. Silver is relatively softer than other metals like gold or platinum requiring it to be combined with other metals to improve the hardness and durability. The standard for Sterling Silver in the USA is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metal, most often being copper. The higher quality jewelry pieces are stamped with 925. Sterling Silver is used in rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, body jewelry, cuff links and many other items. Sterling silver jewelry can be polished to get the beautiful white shine or it can be gold plated, silver plated or plated with rhodium. One of the most popular plating materials is rhodium. Rhodium is extremely hard, provides an excellent protective surface and gives a beautiful, smooth, shinny surface providing the look of platinum. Silver jewelry has a tendency to tarnish due to coming in contact with chemicals in the air. Silver Jewelry which is plated with rhodium is often referred to as anti-tarnish silver.

How Do I Care For My Sterling Silver Jewelry?

Your sterling silver jewelry pieces will tarnish over time when coming in contact with moisture and certain chemicals in the air. This is a natural reaction. Some of the causes of tarnishing are chlorine in swimming pools, salt water and perspiration. There are a few easy steps you can take to keep your jewelry looking great. Cleaning your jewelry often is very important. Clean your jewelry pieces using warm water, mild dish washing detergent and a soft bristle toothbrush. Carefully wipe your jewelry with a soft silver polishing cloth before storing it. Avoid spraying with beauty products such as hair spray, cosmetics and perfumes as these may cause damage and discoloration. When your jewelry is not being worn, it should be stored in plastic zip lock bags. Air is the cause of jewelry tarnish and discoloring, therefore the more you keep it sealed, the less tarnish. Properly caring for your sterling silver will give years of enjoyment.

 

 

 

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