Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver which contains 92.5% weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals mostly copper is used in this 7%. It has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.
You think that why fine silver like 100% or 99.9% pure silver is not taken for making jewelry the reason is such purity of silver make it too soft for producing functional objects; therefore it is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength while preserving the ductility and appearance of the precious metal. Except copper other metal can be used with the intention of improving the various properties of the basic sterling alloy
The Sterling alloy originated in Europe and was being commercialized as early as the 12th century in northern Germany
In Colonial America, it was used for currency and general goods as well in between 1650 to 1778, some 550 silversmiths crated items in the “New World” from buckles to Coffee Pots.
Although silversmiths of this ear were typically familiar with all precious metals, and used it as for primarily work
The height of the silver was during the 50 year period from 1870 to 1925. A number of factors converged to make it fall out of factor around the time of second world war in this time labour cost increased because still sterling pieces were handmade some basic practices done by machines
Handmade Sterling Silver Jewelry
Jewelry is traditionally made from Sterling silver, an alloy of 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper. Silver Jewelry is often plated with a thin coat of .999 fine silver to create a shiny finish. This process is called flashing. Now a days Jewelry can also be plated with rhodium or gold
Now a days Gemstone Sterling Silver Jewelry with different Plating is trending and jewelry manufactures are using gemstones, gold plating
Rhodium plating, pure gold is soft for jewelry and is alloyed with a metal for strength. Consider 18 Karat Gold, which is 75% in purity and 14 Karat is 58% pure gold. When customer shops for high quality jewelry. When these types of gold are plated on it such jewelry is called vermeil jewelry and considered cream of the crop in gold plated jewelry. Now Beautiful rings, earrings, necklaces, body jewelry and Bracelets are made in different design and customer is being attracted with such jewelry