What exactly is .925 Sterling Silver?
Sterling Silver is an amazing alloy containing 92.5% pure silver with the addition of 7.5% of another stronger metal to increase the overall hardness and durability. Copper is generally used as the additive but other metals may also be used, but the standardized defining characteristic of .925 Sterling Silver is that it contains 92.5% pure silver.
Why does my silver jewelry sometimes get dull?
Sterling Silver naturally tarnishes over time however wearing your silver jewelry on a regular basis is the best way to keep it looking bright. There are a few factors that can cause your jewelry to tarnish more quickly including its natural reaction with salt air, exposure to perfumes, hair sprays and body lotions to name a few.
What is the best way to store my silver jewelry?
The best way to store your jewelry when its not being worn is to clean it and place it in a zip-top bag or specially treated cloth, then store it in a drawer away from sunlight and heat.
What is the best way to clean my sterling silver jewelry?
There are multiple products available for cleaning sterling silver. Specially treated clothes are one of the most common and easiest to use. You can also use just a simple solution of dish detergent in warm water and a soft toothbrush. For stubborn tarnishing soaking for a couple of hours in a solution of 2 cups of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons of baking soda added in a bowl of lukewarm water should do the trick.