FAQ: 925


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925 sterling silver jewelry is a popular choice, as it offers a good balance of durability and affordability. But what else should you know about 925 silver? Here are some questions and answers to help you better understand this type of silver.


IS 925 STERLING SILVER PURE SILVER?



No, there is a big difference between pure silver and sterling silver. Sterling silver is an alloy of pure silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. Pure silver is too soft for jewelry use, as it is too easily bent, dented, and scratched, so it is mixed with other metals to create a more durable material. The resulting alloy is called sterling silver. Sterling silver jewelry can be composed of different percentages of silver but must be at least 92.5% pure silver to be considered sterling silver.
While sterling silver contains 92.5% pure silver, the remaining 7.5% consists of copper. Copper is the most popular choice for this alloying metal as it helps to harden the sterling silver and make it more durable and less likely to bend or scratch. However, the alloy mixture can also use other metals such as zinc or platinum.


Sterling silver jewelry is a great option for those looking for the beauty and shine of silver but with a bit more durability than pure silver.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEE 925 SILVER VS. 999?



The difference between 925 silver vs. 999 is that 999 silver is fine silver while 925 is an alloy of silver and other metals. The purity of sterling silver is 925/1000 or 0.925, which means that it is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals (usually copper). 999 silver is purer, with 99.9% silver and just 0.1% other metals.


Generally speaking, 925 silver is a bit more affordable than 999 silver since it contains less pure silver. 925 silver is also more durable than 999 silver since the other metals make it less likely to scratch or dent.

 

IS STERLING SILVER 925 REAL?



Yes, it contains pure silver, but since it is an alloy, it also contains other metals, the most common being copper.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STERLING SILVER AND SILVER PLATED?



Silver plated means a thin silver layer is applied to another metal (brass or copper). Silver plated jewelry is not as strong or durable as sterling silver, and the silver may wear off over time, revealing the base metal underneath.


So, when it comes to silver jewelry, sterling silver is the better choice in terms of quality and durability. However, silver-plated jewelry can be a good option if you want something more budget-friendly.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 925 SILVER AND STERLING SILVER?



The terms "925 silver" and "sterling silver" are often used interchangeably, but there is actually no difference between the two. Both consist of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals (usually copper) and are perfectly safe to wear. So if you see a piece of jewelry labeled as "925 silver," you can be sure it's also sterling silver.


WHAT DOES 925 ITALY MEAN ON A NECKLACE?




The 925 Italy stamp on jewelry is an indication of quality. Sterling silver is a high-quality metal that is durable and long-lasting. When you see this 925 on jewelry, it means the piece is made from sterling silver and is of excellent quality.


The 925 Italy stamp on jewelry means the jewelry consists of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals (usually copper or nickel) to give the silver strength and durability. The "Italy" portion of the stamp indicates that the jewelry is from Italy.


The 925 on jewelry may fade over time due to wear and tear (cleaning and buffing the metal), but the quality of the jewelry will remain. If you take care of your 925 silver jewelry, it can last a lifetime.


IS 925 ITALY SILVER REAL?



Yes, 925 Italy silver is real. It is a type of sterling silver made in Italy. The 925 refers to the percentage of silver used in the alloy; sterling silver must be at least 92.5% silver, and 925 Italy silver is exactly that.
The other 7.5% of the alloy consists of copper, which gives the silver a harder overall structure. This hardness is why 925 Italy silver is popular for making high-quality jewelry.


Although 925 Italy silver is real, it is important to note that it can still tarnish over time because of the other metals present in the alloy. Pure silver never tarnishes, but the alloy metals in sterling silver do.


IS 925 SILVER HYPOALLERGENIC?



925 sterling silver jewelry is hypoallergenic and safe for people with nickel allergies. The copper in sterling silver 925 is what gives it its strength and durability. It is also what prevents it from being completely hypoallergenic.


DOES STERLING SILVER 925 TARNISH?



Even premium 925 sterling silver will tarnish over time, but you can easily clean it with a polishing cloth. Store it in a cool, dry place to prevent sterling silver from tarnishing. Do not expose sterling silver 925 to chemicals or salt water.


CAN A RING STAMPED 925 BE RESIZED?



Yes, you can have a ring stamped with 925 resized by a professional jeweler. Resizing a ring usually involves adding or removing metal from the band. Sometimes, the entire ring may need to be re-cast, depending on the design.


IS 925 SILVER WATERPROOF?



No, 925 silver is not waterproof. Therefore, it is best to remove sterling silver 925 jewelry before swimming or doing any other water-related activities. This will help prevent the silver from tarnishing.


HOW DO YOU CLEAN 925 SILVER?



Yes, all sterling silver will tarnish over time. The good news is, it's to clean and keep your silver shining bright.


To clean your sterling silver, you'll need:


- warm water
- a mild dish soap
- a soft cloth- a toothbrush (optional)


Here's how to do it:


1 Combine the warm water and mild dish soap in a bowl.


2. Submerge your sterling silver jewelry in the mixture. Let it soak for a few minutes.


3 Use your soft cloth to buff each piece of jewelry dry. You can use your soft-bristle toothbrush to scrub away if there's any tough tarnish build-up gently.


4. Place your clean sterling silver jewelry on a dry towel to air dry completely.


And that's it! With just a little care and cleaning, you can keep your sterling silver jewelry looking beautiful for years to come.


CAN YOU WEAR 925 SILVER ALL THE TIME?



Yes, you can wear 925 sterling silver jewelry all the time! In fact, many people do just that. The metal is durable, so it's perfect for everyday wear.


However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you're planning on wearing 925 silver every day. First, be sure to clean it regularly with a jewelry cleaner or polishing cloth. Cleaning it regularly will help keep it looking its best.


Second, avoid exposing your silver to harsh chemicals or cleaners, which can damage the finish. And finally, don't forget to remove your silver jewelry before swimming or bathing - chlorine can tarnish the metal.


IS 925 SILVER GOOD QUALITY?



Yes, 925 silver is a good quality metal. It is very strong and durable, making it an excellent choice for jewelry and other items that need to withstand wear and tear. Additionally, 925 silver is often plated with rhodium making it resistant to tarnishing, meaning your jewelry will retain its shine for longer. So if you're looking for a high-quality metal that will stand the test of time, 925 silver is a great option.


HOW LONG DOES 925 SILVER LAST?



Premium 925 sterling silver can last a lifetime if it is properly cared for. To extend the lifespan of your silver, store it in a cool, dry place and avoid exposing it to chemicals or salt water. You can also use a polishing cloth to clean the silver and help prevent tarnishing.

 

WHY DOES 925 SILVER TURN BLACK?



The reason why 925 silver turns black is actually quite simple. Silver is a very soft metal, and it can easily become tarnished when it comes into contact with other metals or chemicals.


The most common cause of silver tarnish is exposure to sulfur-containing compounds in the air (air pollution, smog, etc.), which react with the silver to form a blackened coating. Sulfur hurts silver by forming a barrier between the silver and oxygen, which prevents the silver from being able to "breathe."
Another common cause of silver tarnish is contact with cosmetics, perspiration, or other household chemicals. Sulfur-containing compounds exist in many household cleaners, so it's important to be careful when using these products around silver.


Silver can also be damaged by heat or light, so it's important to store it in a cool, dark place. Uv ray damage can be particularly harmful, so it's best to keep silver jewelry out of direct sunlight.


WHY DOES 925 SILVER TARNISH?



One of the most common questions we get asked is "why does 925 silver tarnish?" And it's a valid question! After all, nobody wants their jewelry to turn into a dull, gray mess.


The short answer is that tarnishing is simply a natural process that happens when silver is exposed to oxygen and moisture in the air. When these elements come into contact with silver, they cause a chemical reaction that alters the surface of the metal.


Over time, this reaction can cause silver to lose its luster and become dull and discolored. However, there are some things you can do to help prevent tarnishing or at least slow it down, such as storing your silver in a cool, dry place and avoiding exposure to chemicals or cosmetics.


WILL 925 SILVER TURN MY FINGER GREEN?



If you're wondering whether or not 925 silver will turn your finger green, the answer is…it depends. Some people are more susceptible to this than others, depending on how often the jewelry is worn. If you notice that your silver jewelry is starting to turn your finger green, it's probably time to take it off and allow your skin to breathe.


Some things that cause that green tint:


-The silver reacts with sulfur or other chemicals in the air.


-The acidity in your sweat.


-You're allergic to nickel.


If you want to avoid the risk of your finger turning green, there are a few things you can do:


-Take your jewelry off before you go swimming or showering.


-Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners on your jewelry.


-Don't wear your jewelry to bed.


- Look for silver stamped "sterling" or ".925" to make sure it's high quality.


If you follow these tips, you should be able to wear your silver jewelry without worry!


WILL 925 SILVER FADE



It's a common question we get asked - will 925 silver fade? The simple answer is yes, it can. But you can do a few things to help keep your silver jewelry looking beautiful for longer.


Avoid UV Rays & Chemicals


One of the main causes of silver fading is exposure to sunlight or other UV rays. If you're going to be out in the sun for extended periods of time, we recommend taking your silver jewelry off. The same goes for swimming in chlorinated water - it's best to remove your silver jewelry before getting into a pool or hot tub.


Store Silver Jewelry Properly


When you're not wearing your silver jewelry, it's important to store it properly. We recommend storing it in a cool, dark place - ideally in a zip-lock bag or another airtight container. This will help to prevent tarnishing


WHAT DOES 925 STAND FOR ON JEWELRY?



The meaning of 925 on jewelry is quite simple: it indicates that the piece consists of sterling silver. In other words, if you see a stamp that reads 925 on a piece of jewelry, you can be sure that it is high-quality silver.


WRAPPING UP



We hope this article has helped to answer some of the most common questions about 925 silver. As always, if you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're always happy to help!