Topics: Sterling Silver

What is sterling silver made of?
- Annika, NY
Sterling silver items are made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper or other alloy proportions fixed by law (.925 = 92.5% silver, 7.5% other). Sterling will "patina" in time, that is, its color will take on an "antique" look. Fine silver = .999 or 100% pure silver will patina much more slowly than sterling silver due to the higher level of silver present. Coin silver = .900 or 90% silver/10% copper.

Refer to ''A Beader's Guide to Jewelry Metals'' for in-depth information about the metals used in jewelry.


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