The silver jewellery and accessories available at Troy Clancy Jewellery are made of the beautiful sterling silver. Pure silver, which also called fine silver, is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper.
The small amount of copper added to pure silver has very little effect on the metal's value. Instead, the price of the silver item is affected by the labour involved in making the item of jewellery.
Because pure silver is so soft, it should only be used when malleability is required, such as in handcrafted jewellery featuring weaving and other intricate designs.
Sterling silver is most often used for jewellery and household accessories because of its combination of beauty and durability.
Acceptable quality hallmarks for sterling silver include are -
* Sterling Silver
With proper care, your fine quality silver will last a lifetime. To minimize scratches and other damage, store your silver jewellery either in a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment in your jewellery box. Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, or when swimming in chlorinated swimming pools, as these chemicals will damage the silver.
Care should also be taken to prevent silver tarnish build-up, a dulling that naturally occurs when silver reacts with sulphur or hydrogen sulphide in the ambient air. To clean your silver, use polishes formulated specifically to remove tarnish. You can find fine silver polish solutions, or cloths appropriate to remove tarnish. Tarnish is most easily removed when it first becomes visible.