What does 925 on sterling silver mean?

Answer The number "925" stamped on sterling-silver jewelry represents 925/1000 parts of pure silver. Sterling is a silver alloy, and the remaining 75/1000 parts is made up of various other metals. The Uni... Read More »

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Why does sterling silver tarnish?

Sterling silver tarnishes whenever it comes into contact with any substance containing sulfur--for example, mustard, eggs or rubber. However, most silver tarnish is the result of a chemical reactio... Read More »

Does sterling silver rust in the water?

Sterling silver does not rust in water, however it can tarnish in the air. Tarnishing of sterling silver is not actually corrosive to the metal and can be easily cleaned with a polishing cloth and ... Read More »

Does Tiffany's use nickel in its sterling silver?

Tiffany & Co. began adding nickel to its sterling silver jewelry in 1851. Nickel increases the strength of the piece without removing the original luster, according to Eve's Addiction: About Tiffan... Read More »

German Silver Compared to Sterling Silver?

People often confuse German silver and sterling silver. Both are shiny white metals and both are used in jewelry, serving pieces, flatware and decorative accents. But beneath the shiny surface, the... Read More »