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Sterling silver 925 is not considered as pure silver, since it consists of 92.5% silver, and the remaining part is mostly composed of copper, sometimes mixed with nickel. This is the reason why Sterling Silver is popularly referred to as 925 Sterling Silver or just 925 Silver.
On the other hand, pure silver has 99.9% of silver, and a small content composed of other metals such as copper. The reason silver needs to be combined with other metals is that pure silver is malleable and too soft to create long lasting jewelry. As a result, some hardness materials had to be introduced, by adding other metals such as copper.
Sterling is the jewelry quality standard in the United States and most world markets, it is very bright and shiny and people love it!
Silver tarnish is the discoloration of sterling silver items which can take on a yellow or black tint. Although the pure silver in sterling silver does not react and tarnish at room temperature, the copper added can easily react with the salt and sulfur in the air, making sterling silver rust.
As a result, 925 sterling silver will always tarnish. Actually, any sterling silver will tarnish over time as a result of the metal mixed in. However, fortunately there are many ways to keep sterling silver from tarnishing.
Stay tuned to over blog posts to know how to take care of your 925 sterling silver jewelry.