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.
Taking care of gemstones
Steam cleaning is quite effective but can result in thermal shock because of the often-quick temperature change. It can result in cracking because parts of the stone are forced to expand at different times. Most gemstones can be immersed in a solution of mild detergent and warm water.
Likewise with pearls; although soaking can result in discoloration, so this should always be avoided. After soaking for a few minutes, gently clean the stone with a soft brush. Pearls should be dried after cleaning, using a soft towel, and air-blown dry. Extra care should be taken to remove dirt from the bottom of the setting, a common place for build-up to occur.
Bridal ring is an expensive token of love
The bridal ring is an inexpensive token of love and respect between a man and woman. What bride doesn't look forward to her new husband slipping a bridal ring on to her finger as he says I love you? Well you will have to spend a fair chunk of money. It is generally accepted that a gentleman will spend at least two months’ salary on the ring but many will lay out a lot more to get the right bridal ring for his lady.
But it is lasts for sixty plus years then what price would you put upon it. What sort of bridal ring you buy will depend obviously not only on your budget but the style and material of the actual band? Do you have to spend a fortune on you bridal? The bridal ring is one of the most treasured items of jewellery a woman can own. Diamonds and a bride go together like strawberries and cream, a white dress, a bouquet and a bridal ring, a perfect match.