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Sterling Silver Facts & Care

May 03, 2017

Sterling Silver Facts & Care

What Is Sterling Silver?

For jewelry sterling silver is by far the most popular silver alloy in the world. Sterling silver, also called .925 silver, consists of 92.5 percent fine silver and 7.5 percent other metals (usually copper). Manufacturers use sterling silver because of its strength and durability. All silver items created at Del Francis Jewelry are .925 sterling silver.

How Is Sterling Silver Jewelry Finished?

Sterling Silver Jewelry is often rhodium plated. Rhodium is a standard sterling silver finish in the jewelry world. Rhodium plating is bright white. It also keeps your sterling silver jewelry from tarnishing. 

How Can I Keep My Sterling Silver Items Looking Great?

Sterling silver that is not rhodium plated is susceptible to tarnish which is a natural reaction the metal has with chemicals. Frequent light polishing with a polishing cloth designed for sterling silver will help minimize tarnish. You can also wash your jewelry periodically with mild dish soap and water. Be sure to rinse well and dry completely before putting your jewelry away.

Tarnish can be easily removed when first noticed. However, if left untreated, the color of the tarnish will darken and will become more difficult to remove, requiring professional cleaning.

It is also important to avoid exposing sterling silver jewelry to harsh chemicals like chlorine, cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume, and to avoid extended exposure to direct sunlight.

Contact us at customerservice@delfrancisjewelry.com with any questions. We can also supply you with a complimentary cloth for polishing your silver jewelry. (email required)




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