How Do I Clean Silver?
Some cleaners which are ideal for sterling silver may be too harsh for the set gemstone. If gem-set, use a soft toothbrush to gently clean the surfaces of the gemstones. Ultrasonic cleaners are not recommended. Natural body oils, soap and regular daily dust can build up on your jewellery.
If more serious cleaning is required, then use a good jeweller’s rouge or jewellery cleaning dip. They can damage pearls and gem-set jewellery. A mild soap in water is usually enough to clean it. Remember the backs! Gently pat the jewellery dry. However, if your silver is gem-set see below for advice on specific gemstones to be sure what is safe to use.
Gemstones are so durable
A few are mineraloids not true minerals and are including here: opal, amber, and moldavite. Foremost is durability - it must not easily corrode away, nor can it be brittle. It is so durable that nearly all of the gold ever mined is still in circulation or storage. In some cases, the names are true misnomers, such as Green Amethyst for prasiolite-a transparent green variety of quartz.
In most cases, these variety names are historical, as the gemstones were not recognized as being varieties of other minerals until well after the name was in common use such as aquamarine, emerald, and heliodor as varieties of beryl. And that is related to the third characteristic, ductility. You can see the options are endless and when you are commissioning a piece, why compromise a thing when you can choose!
Silver was an almost scared metal
Silver was considered by the Ancients just like gold. Silver was an almost scared metal. It was also consequently, of extremely restricted use. Some mineral scum in old mines of the Near-East and in some islands of the Aegean sea seem to reveal that by 5000 b.c. A method was already known to separate silver from lead. Its malleability and ductility make it ideal for ornamental purposes.
After oxidation of this mixture, it was possible to obtain the precious metals. It was also used for paying debts, in personal and religious places decoration and in utensils of the wealthiest houses. The gold and the silver were extracted from its ores and bonded to lead. Whether you are looking for a set to coordinate with your favorite outfit or a gift for someone special, keep your shopping simple and save when you purchase these designs as a set.