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.
Dazzling and spectacular diamond jewellery
Dazzling and spectacular jewellery designs are made using the diamonds. In the bridal and jewellery sets Brides usually like to have champagne colored diamonds. Using certified diamonds designers also make terrific designs and styles of diamond items.
Give a glowing effect to the pieces of diamond jewellery items they look very classy. Because gold and platinum is too expensive silver is also used when you want comparatively low priced jewellery in diamond ornaments. The champagne colored diamond has its own uniqueness and sophistication. You will not see many people wearing the earrings or rings that you have got in your collection because this type of jewellery is very expensive.
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.