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Silver’s role in jewellery making has a lengthy history similar to gold. The Greek God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis were said to carry silver bowls.

Pure silver is soft and can be damaged. It is common to mix silver with other metals to form a metal that is durable for everyday wear. The level of silver purity can vary depending on the maker, jewellery and style.  Below we’ve broken down the most common varieties

Varieties of Silver

Sterling Silver: Sterling silver is made with least 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of another metal.  Sterling silver can also be found in .958 and .999 pure silver varieties.

Fine Silver: To be considered fine silver the item must have silver content of  .999. This level of purity is recognized by its high sheen.

Silver Plate: Similar to gold plating, a fine layer of silver is placed over a base metal.

Nickel Silver: Contrary to the name, nickel silver is not considered silver at all. This metal is a combination of nickel, zinc and copper. You may find this metal will tarnish