STERLING SILVER
JEWELRY EDUCATION

Know the facts when buying sterling silver. Our Silver Jewelry Education Guide will help you select and care for your favorite pieces.
Sterling Silver vs. Fine Silver vs.
Silver Plated Jewelry
How to Care for Your Sterling Silver Jewelry
Silver Gemstone Glossary
Does Sterling Silver Tarnish or Rust Over Time?
How to Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry
with Gemstones
Tips to Keep Your Silver Sparkling
Does Sterling Silver Turn Your Finger Green?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Sterling silver is an excellent choice for any new piece of jewelry. The first step is to check the stamp on a new piece you wish to buy. Look for:

  • Ster
  • .925
  • Sterling Silver

At Silpada, all our jewelry is stamped with a “.925” as a symbol of guaranteed product quality, but any of these stamps will indicate that the piece is sterling silver and not something else, like silver-plated jewelry. (Learn more about the difference between sterling silver vs silver.)

Next, look for a piece that fits your personal style. Do you want bold sterling silver statement jewelry, modern minimalist jewelry, or something else? (Here’s a great guide to pairing silver jewelry with any outfit.)

Sterling silver is the most popular and most versatile type of silver used in jewelry. It’s known for its high quality, resilience, and beautiful shine. Sterling silver is made up of 92.5% pure silver with a touch of copper or similar metal alloy to strengthen the structure.

Since medieval times, silver has been synonymous with prosperity, and that reputation continues to this day. Silver jewelry is worth buying for anyone who wants to add a little sparkle to their outfits. Refined and beautiful, silver is also more affordable than gold and platinum. It’s an incredibly versatile metal that can look good in many forms, from a dainty sterling silver necklace to a modernist sterling silver bracelet, and more.

Tarnish is natural when dealing with sterling silver, so don’t stress. This is not a reflection of the quality or the care you’ve shown to your jewelry, but merely a side effect of time and exposure to different elements. Pure silver will not tarnish as easily, but is less ideal for many jewelry types due to the softness of the metal. The silver lining? Wearing your sterling silver jewelry often will help to prevent the oxidation that causes tarnish.

Fine silver is naturally resistant to dulling because of its purity. There are no added elements, so it will take much longer to show signs of age, but it will discolor far down the line. However, when it comes to jewelry, fine silver is too malleable to retain its shape, which is why rigid sterling silver is often used to create beautiful pieces. Does sterling silver tarnish? Unfortunately, yes. The same alloys that help strengthen sterling silver jewelry also break down metals through a chemical reaction. The sulfur in the atmosphere collides with the non-silver elements resulting in tarnishing. Fortunately, there are easy steps to take to make your silver jewelry shine.

You should not wear sterling silver jewelry in the shower. Taking off your silver jewelry before you jump in the shower may be inconvenient, but it’s worth the effort. Water, soaps, and beauty products contain chemicals that can harm or change the color of your beloved gems and jewels, so tuck your Silpada away before you indulge in a shower or bath.

In its pure form, silver is hypoallergenic. However, since 925 sterling silver is an alloy comprised of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, whether or not it is hypoallergenic will depend on which alloy the silver is mixed with.

Silpada has been offering thoughtfully crafted, best-in-class sterling silver jewelry since 1997. With a commitment to quality and selection, we’ll always have unique pieces for you to discover. Browse through our many collections, and don’t forget to check out our sterling silver jewelry on sale to find a piece that speaks to you.

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