What is .925 Sterling Silver?
Many of our products are made out of .925 sterling silver. This means the product is made out of silver for 92.5% and for 7.5% made out of another metal (copper). Sterling Silver is the most common used form of silver in the jewelry industry and offers a great shine while still be hard enough for daily usage.
Fine silver, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so that’s why to increase its hardness and strength most silver jewelry is alloyed with copper.
Why is my jewelry black
Yes we know, you will get customers harassing you telling that the charm became black and that is it not really sterling silver. Unfortunately, (sterling) silver is prone to tarnishing. Because most people nowadays are used to (stainless steel) jewelry that is only plated with a thin layer of silver they don’t expect this to happen and don’t know what to do.
Most craft stores or hardware stores carry a varnish that will work with your silver. Cleaning your jewelry with varnish and a fresh cloth will get the silver sparkling before you know it. The best way to reply to your customer is by sharing (independent) articles or videos. There are many articles and videos to be found online that explain this process and suggest easy & quick solutions to get back your nice and shiny jewelry.
Please note that our chains have a rhodium plating on top of the sterling silver. This makes the tarnish process slower, and therefore it can happen that the charm is tarnished already while the chain hasn’t yet.
Unlike pieces that are made of inexpensive nickel, brass or other base metals, which can irritate your skin, sterling silver jewelry doesn’t contain metal additions that can cause an allergic reaction.
People who are allergic to metals such as nickel and or brass can wear sterling silver jewelry without much worry.