Q&A: Sterling Silver

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Introducing Q&A – a series that answers your burning questions about all things Melanie Auld Jewelry. The topic of the moment: Sterling Silver. 


Adored for centuries, the cool-toned alloy of sterling silver is making a comeback on the runways and here at Melanie Auld. Learn more about this trending metal and who knows – maybe it’ll become a staple in your signature stack. 



What is sterling silver? 


Sterling silver is a popular alloy used extensively in jewelry and other decorative items. Composed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of other metals sterling silver is a durable material with beautiful shine. The hallmark "925" is often stamped on sterling silver items to indicate its purity. 


How is sterling silver used in jewelry? 


Sterling silver is widely used in the creation of various types of jewelry, from rings, necklaces, and bracelets to earrings and pendants. Artisans and manufacturers alike use this metal for its beautiful cool tone, affordability, and versatility. Sterling silver can be crafted into intricate designs and serves as a more accessible alternative to white gold or platinum.



What are the origins of sterling silver? 


The origins of sterling silver trace back to ancient times. The term "sterling" likely originates from the Old Norman French word "esterlin," meaning "little star," and the first recorded use of the term “sterling silver” dates back to 12th century England! 


How to care for sterling silver? 


To maintain the luster of your sterling silver jewelry, proper care is essential! Here are some tips to help you keep your pieces in top condition: 



Store your sterling silver jewelry in a cool, dry place, preferably in individual cloth pouches or a jewelry box to prevent scratching and minimize exposure to air. 



Regularly clean your jewelry with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove dirt and tarnish. Wiping your jewelry clean before you put it away ensures that no pollutants will hang around and discolour your piece. 


Avoid exposure to chemicals:

Remove your sterling silver jewelry before swimming, bathing, or using household cleaning products, as exposure to chemicals can cause damage and tarnishing. 



If you want to give your silver pieces a polish, use a specialized silver polishing cloth or a mild silver polish to restore shine and remove stubborn tarnish. Gently polish the jewelry in a back-and-forth motion, avoiding circular motions that could accentuate scratches. 



Can you mix silver and gold jewelry in one look or stack? 


Absolutely!  Here at MAJ, we’re fully on board with mix and matching jewelry materials. For more on this trending take – read the journal: Mixing Metals.  


To learn more about the materials we use (or anything else!) at Melanie Auld, please don’t hesitate to connect with us at hello@melanieauld.com. We’d love to hear from you! 


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