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Sterling Silver Jewelry Guide

Sterling Silver JewelrySterling silver jewelry is a specific subset of silver jewelry and the Verdi-House Jewelry Buyer’s Guide aims to explain what that difference is.

Pure silver is the most lustrous, shiny metal on earth, especially when polished, but it is too soft for use in jewelry, so an alloy must be added. In order to be classified as “sterling,” the precious metal must contain at least 92.5% silver and 7.5% alloy, like copper, to make it stronger. The name comes from the English currency of “sterling” or “pound” silver.

Most sterling silver jewelry will be stamped with a 925 to signify the percentage of pure silver.

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