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Everything You Need To Know About Sterling Silver

September 13, 2021Fine Files

Consider this our public apology for all the times we gave gold the spotlight without mention of this just as precious metal, sterling silver.

The undeniably cooler metal (in shade and edge) is an important part of a balanced jewelry collection. With that in mind, we asked our Director of Design, Yunjo Lee, to help us cover everything there is to know about sterling silver, including our design elements, styling advice and essential care tips.


WHAT IS STERLING SILVER?

A short history lesson: sterling silver standards date back to the 13th century. King Edward I of England required that all sterling silver should be 92.5 percent pure silver—and, today, we have purity markings of 925 on all our sterling silver. Our pieces are handcrafted with an alloy made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. Plus, we plate it in rhodium, which gives it extra shine. 

In the Victorian era, handcrafted silver jewelry became more popular. “Silver is a precious metal that has been favored by many creative designers, artisans and jewelry lovers for centuries,” explains Yunjo. Why is it preferable? “It's malleable to work with, hence [we’re] able to freely create unique designs. It’s lightweight [which] also allows us to achieve bold scales.” Sterling silver is ideal for jewelry since fine silver is too soft for day-to-day wear.

HOW TO CARE FOR STERLING SILVER

Like your favorite vermeil styles, sterling silver is best when handled with care. Exposure to the elements or personal care products may cause it to oxidize. That being said, when cleaning, all you have to do is use a silver polishing cloth and it’ll look brand new. Make sure to store your pieces in a dry place like our anti-tarnish Jewelry Box when they’re not being worn.

Christina wears Dôme Huggies, Diamond Mini Studs and Bold Croissant Dôme Huggies

HOW TO STYLE STERLING SILVER

Yunjo knows best. “We love silver because it has a cool, casual personality to it. Silver jewelry feels modern yet timeless.” The easiest way to add silver to your stack is to simply layer it on. Play up textural elements and variations in size and it’ll look good every time. And, whoever said you can’t mix metals was very wrong. Throw on a couple of sterling silver rings with your usual gold stack to brighten things up and add a signature edge.

We love silver because it has a cool, casual personality to it

Christina wears Dôme HuggiesDiamond Mini StudsBold Croissant Dôme Huggies, Dôme Cuff Bracelet, Croissant Dôme Ring, Thin Dôme Ring, Pavé Diamond Slim Signet and Charlotte Oversized Cuff Bracelet

STERLING SILVER STYLING

Silver is just as good as gold—and lightweight with a high-impact shine—so, go for a bold style. “With silver, you can go bolder without feeling like it’s overstated. It’s confident and strong but still elegant,” explains Yunjo. Try updated classics like our Dôme Ring or Drawn Cable Chain to set the foundation of your stack. At the end of the day, our pieces are designed to be wearable for every day no matter the metal.

Christina wears Beaded Ring, Diamonds Team Ring, Stacker Ring, Charlotte Bold Signet Ring and Dôme Ring


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