Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of other metals, usually copper. Silver jewelry marked with a 925 in sterling silver jewelry that has been certified to contain 92.5% silver content. Sterling silver is more complex than silver and is more suitable for jewelry making. Jewelers favor the silver alloy for workability and durability.
Sterling silver jewelry is a high-quality choice consisting of 92.5% silver content, making it popular amongst jewelry collectors and designers alike. Sterling silver jewelry sets purchased from a reputable jeweler or jewelry brand is durable, timeless metal, and when cared for properly, can last a lifetime.
925 sterling silver may react to the ozone and hydrogen sulfide in the air and cause the sterling silver to tarnish. Perfumes, creams, lotions, hair sprays, and profuse sweating can also cause a quicker formation of tarnish.
You won't be able to 100% prevent tarnish from forming, but there are a few ways you can significantly delay tarnishing.
- Wear the jewelry frequently.
- Store in an airtight container, preferably with Anti-tarnish strips available on Amazon or your Jewelry store. While it may not look pretty, plastic zip-top bags are the best container to use to store your jewelry. A jewelry box with a tight-fitting lid is also a good option.
- Clean tarnish off silver is with dish soap. Form a lather with your hands and rub the tarnish off your silver.