Silver has been known and valued as a precious metal since ancient times and has been used in the making of jewellery as well as ornaments, coins and high value tableware. It has the chemical symbol Ag and is described as a soft white lustrous metal.
In it's purest form, silver is too soft for jewellery so here in the UK it is alloyed with copper in a ratio of 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper to produce what is known as 925 Sterling Silver. Copper gives the sterling silver strength without spoiling the beauty of it and at the same time it preserves it's flexibility.
Sterling silver should bear the hallmark 925
Silver has always been popular for the making of jewellery and although classed as a precious metal, it is much more affordable than other metals such as gold. As gold prices have continued to rise dramatically over recent years, silver jewellery has become much more popular.
Over time oxidation reactions can occur in silver jewellery, especially with sulphur and oxygen, causing silver to become tanished. Wearing and handling will slow the oxidation process and keep your silver polished, shiny and beautiful.
Bring your jewellery to us about once a year. We will polish it and check all settings to ensure it is in tip top condition. Take care of your silver jewellery now - it will last a lifetime and can be passed down as heirloom jewellery for future generations.
Give your jewellery a polish after wearing with a silver cloth before you place it in its bag. The cloth is treated with cleaning chemicals and not only will it last a long time; it will give you an amazing shine each and every time.
Silver polishing cloths are available at our Francis Wain store.
Dip cleaners will work, but once you have started the process you will find your silver will tarnish easily.
Any stones set in your silver jewellery may be damaged from the dip solution too.
We do not recommend cleaning your jewellery with toothpaste and a toothbrush, as this will scratch the silver.
Minimize tarnish as well as scratches by storing your jewellery in individual small bags, as well as separate compartments in your jewellery box. Consider investing in a jewellery box that is lined with.