In addition to gold, silver is among the most popular and most frequently processed precious metals in the world.
Finely crafted jewels from the shiny metal are found in every well-sorted collection of jewels.
But did you already know what the term “Sterling” stands for and what the engraved numbers mean on your favorite silver jewelery?
Now, in the first part of this new series about the most popular jewelery materials, you will find all the knowledge you need about this wonderful precious metal in the detailed portrait!
Silver Jewelery: Versatile and Sought After
Whether for rings, necklaces or bracelets – silver has inspired women and men alike for centuries in various forms. The name of this legendary precious metal comes from the Old Norse language area and means “light” or “white” for the characteristic cool silver shimmer.
While the precious metal has been processed for many centuries primarily for jewelery and coins, it is now used in a wide variety of different areas.
Today, due to its uniquely high electrical and thermal conductivity, it is an irreplaceable raw material for the electronics industry, which plays an important role in the manufacture of mobile phones or computers.
In fact, over half of the annual silver production is now used for industrial purposes. Another branch for which the precious metal plays a central role is medicine. Thanks to its bacteria-killing effect, fine surgical instruments are often made from the cool sparkling metal.
Nowadays the legendary raw material in the form of jewelry unfolds its most beautiful effect. Silver jewelery is not only a good choice from an aesthetic point of view. Since the precious metal is one of the world’s most scarce raw materials, investment in silver jewelery is definitely worthwhile.
The reason: The silver price has steadily increased over the past ten years and is constantly gaining in value. Artfully worked silver treasures are equally worthwhile. I myself always justify newly arriving, silver treasures always gladly to make a long-term, good investment. This makes silver schmuck equal to a not only beautiful, but also meaningful Christmas gift. As shown in Fig
Silver in Jewelry Shape
Brilliant silver jewelery with its mystical cool shimmer fits every look and gives every outfit that certain something. I rarely leave the house without a fine ring or feminine silver earrings. The degree of purity of silver jewelry is indicated as so-called “fineness”. This fineness is found in the form of the well-known engraved numbers – also known as a fine stamp – on your silver jewelery pieces.
Since the naturally very soft silver is mixed with other metals during processing, to make it harder and more resistant, in addition to pure silver, you still find shares of other raw materials in your silver jewels.
These material mixtures are also referred to as alloy.
You can see how much these parts are on the engraved numbers. Each piece of jewelry has a share of 1,000.
If you find the often-seen number 925 on one of your treasures, this means that of these 1000 shares 925 consist of pure silver and the remaining 75 from another commodity. The number 925 is in fact particularly frequent, because it describes the well-known “sterling silver “. Sterling is a silver alloy, in which the precious metal is mixed with copper. The name of this alloy comes from the British pound sterling. The early English silver pennies, the so-called “sterlings”, were made of this silver alloy for a long time.
Other frequent numbers are the 935, 835 and 800 – the higher the silver content, the higher the quality of the jewelry. If you, like myself, have a taste for antique jewelery, it is worthwhile to know the following: On very old silver coins, nowadays no longer common fine stamps between 8 and 15. With these outdated subtleties, silver pieces were divided into only 16 shares. An antique piece, engraved by an engraved 8, therefore consists of exactly 50% pure silver.