What is Silver?
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and is sometimes referred to as pure silver. Sterling silver will tarnish over time but with care and regular cleaning can be restored to its good as new sparkling condition. The remaining 7.5% is usually copper but can be other metal and is used to give this precious metal strength and durability.
Generally, the higher the silver content the brighter or whiter the metal but beware of antiquing effects that can make a piece of sterling silver jewellery or decorative silverware look dark. Silver which is 99.9% silver is too soft to be practical for most day to day uses. Do not use tissue or anything other than a jewellery cleaning cloth to polish your jewellery as unseen tiny hard fibers will scratch the surface.
How Durable is My Gemstone Jewellery?
First of all a note about the hardness and therefore relative durability of gemstones. To measure hardness, the jewellery industry uses the Mohs scale. This gem-trade standard, conceived by Friedrich Mohs in 1812, measures the ability of a gem or mineral to resist abrasion damage.
Diamond at 10 is the hardest whereas talc at 1 is the softest. Popular gemstones like amethyst and citrine register 7 whereas rubies and sapphires register 9. Most of us come off the beach on the first day with the 3 sís all achieved - rings caked in sand, sea-salt and suntan lotion. Nude sunbathing, as far as silver and gold jewellery is concerned, is a must! Remember also that sand will scratch the surface of precious metals.
Design your own ring, pendant, earrings or bracelet
Our jewellery is available in twenty gemstone options including precious stones like ruby, emerald, sapphire and tanzanite. Birthstone jewelry makes a special and personalized gift. Create your own unique jewellery by selecting any combination of sparkling gemstones.
We also offer all the popular semi-precious stones like opal, amethyst, topaz, peridot, and more. Choose your favorite color whether it is Red, blue, purple, green, White, black or brown for you gemstone jewellery. Mix and match your favorite colors, or the birthstones for your loved ones. What's whatever it is? We have got just the gem for you. Build custom designs that will be uniquely yours. The birthstone of May is emerald, and coming up for June is Alexandrite. Choose from genuine gems or lab-created stone for a more affordable option. Perfect for birthdays, or any other occasion that calls for an original jewelry present.