What is Sterling Silver?
Sterling is an alloy (metal blend or mixture) of silver and is most commonly used in jewellery making and silversmithing. Embraced as a standard alloy in England in the 12th century, it became known as Easterling silver after the area of Germany where King Henry the second imported metal refiners from.
What is sterling silver made from?
The most common form of sterling silver is derived from 92.5 percent pure silver and 7.5 percent of other metals, predominantly copper.
How is Sterling Silver made?
Sterling silver is made by melting pure silver and combining it with melted copper.
Where is sterling silver found?
As per the above, sterling silver is not found, it is created. Pure silver however is mined from various ores. These ores are principally found in Australia, Canada, the United States, Poland, Peru and Bolivia with Mexico being the world’s largest silver producer in 2013.
How much does sterling silver cost?
The cost of sterling silver varies from day to day as it is derived from pure silver, considered a precious metal, as well as copper. Both are traded on international metal exchanges. In 2015 Silver has ranged between roughly AUD$19 and AUD$23 per ounce with Copper selling for roughly AUD$0.20 per ounce.
What is sterling silver used for?
The main uses for sterling silver are in the jewellery making and silversmithing industries. Historically sterling silver was also used to make coins in Europe and the Americas.
Does sterling silver tarnish?
Yes, sterling silver will tarnish. Otherwise known as oxidising, tarnish will form on sterling silver as it reacts to impurities in the environment.
How do you clean sterling silver?
Tarnished sterling silver does not involve a difficult process to clean. Usually a simple polishing cloth incorporating a compound which acts as a gentle abrasive to remove tarnish will work just fine and be available from your local jewellery shop.
Sterling silver jewellery shopping tips.
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