Guide to Sterling Silver Jewelry
Introduction to Sterling Silver
Sterling silver is a fascinating material beloved for its sleek and elegant appearance as well as for its durability. It is called sterling silver because it is not pure silver; in fact, it is an alloy that is about 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper or nickel. Invented by smiths centuries ago, it has become a mainstay in jewelry and luxury culture as a whole. Despite its ubiquity, there is much to know about this alloy: what it is, how to care for it, and why people love it. Here at T-Bird Jewels, we are purveyors of several pieces using this gorgeous material.
Why Sterling Silver?
Sterling silver is strong, sophisticated, and affordable. The addition of other metals makes the silver stronger and more resistant. For jewelers, this is great because pure silver (commonly called fine) is delicate, soft, and difficult to work with. For wearers, it is ideal so that their jewelry doesn’t break too easily. Some may find silver’s affordability to be highly desirable; gold can be 80% more expensive than sterling silver. For those just starting their jewelry collection or who find gold out of their price range, this is fantastic. Of course, many prefer the understated but elegant appearance of silver over the shine and glamor of yellow or rose gold.
How to Take Care of Sterling Silver
In order to maintain its mirror-like, lustrous appearance, it is essential to clean sterling silver pieces. Otherwise, it becomes dull and cloudy. While we at T-Bird Jewels offer repair and maintenance services, some people may prefer to clean their jewelry themselves. We recommend purchasing a specialty cleaning solution. For those averse to this idea, they can try baking soda. Mix two parts baking soda and one part water. Rub the resulting paste onto the jewelry, rinse it off, and dry it with a soft cloth. No matter how you choose to clean your jewelry, make sure it is done regularly.
Find Sterling Silver Jewelry at T-Bird Jewels
T-Bird Jewels offers some of the finest sterling silver jewelry in Las Vegas. No matter whether it is a gorgeous engagement ring or a fashionable chain necklace, we have an unbeatable selection. We also carry designer jewelry brands that create many fashionable and exquisite collections. We have luxurious brands like Breitling, Tacori, Meira T, and more. In addition to our maintenance services, we also can provide custom jewelry design options. As a Las Vegas, Nevada institution, we are proud to be a part of this legendary and iconic community. Contact us at (702) 256-3900 to learn more about us and our selection.