What is the difference between sterling silver and pure silver?
Pure silver, also called fine silver, has actual silver content of 99.9% but because of its high purity, fine silver is too soft to use in jewelry making. Its very malleable, and easily damaged. Therefore, it is commonly combined with other metals to make it harder and to produce a more durable product....Sterling Silver.
Sterling silver is a beautiful metal that looks like white gold or platinum. It is composed of 92.5 percent pure silver and 7.5 percent other metals. The 7.5 percent is usually copper; however, different metals can be used in the alloy to improve various properties and create silver that will be perfect. By alloying silver with copper or another metal, silver becomes strong and affordable enough to be of practical use.
How to clean your Sterling Silver
Because sterling silver can tarnish easily, it is a good idea to clean and polish it regularly to maintain its shiny appearance.
When cleaning sterling silver, you want to polish the surface with a soft, cotton cloth. Microfiber cloths like the ones used to clean eye glasses or computer screens are perfect for cleaning sterling silver jewelry pieces; other materials are likely to scratch and damage the surface.
Sterling silver can be polished without special cleaners, but if you choose to use one, be sure to select a cleaning solution that is made specifically for sterling silver to avoid scratches. Warm water mixed with some liquid detergent can also be used, as long as you use a very soft cloth in the washing process.
Keep your silver bright and sparkling!