Silver jewelry has long been prized for its brilliant luster and its easy workability. Pure silver, also known as 999 fineness, is highly tarnish resistant, but too soft for use in jewelry. Silversmiths often alloy it with other metals like copper, to harden it. Sterling silver, for example, is 92.5 % silver and 7.5 % copper. Sterling silver is a silver jewelry standard in many countries and has been since the 14th century. This popular alloy is ideal for silver earrings, silver bracelets and silver necklaces because its durability ensures pieces will stay securely fastened when worn.
Today, we are seeing silver on the runway like never before. Style, the price of gold and a growing market for mid-priced jewelry have led many jewelry and fashion designers to turn to silver as their medium of choice. From Tiffany’s to Georg Jensen, silver is an international superstar in the fashion world.