Silver Jewelry – Jewelry Of The Moment Pure Silver is a soft, white lustrous metal. It’s ductile and malleable. Pure Silver is too soft for jewelry. It’s normally mixed with other metals to create the wanted hardness. It’s less expensive to gold but commonly considered as equally attractive and has a unique cool feeling. Silver Jewelry can be wear together and perfectly matched with all outfits. With the vast improvement of the design and quality of silver jewelry, together with the emergence of quality silver jewelry brands, the image of silver uplifted both in the jewelry manufacturing sector and in the consumer segment. Silver jewelry is definitely the Metal Of The Moment. Content of common Silver Jewelry 999 Silver 999 Silver contains minimum 99.9% of Silver. It’s considered as pure Silver. The Hallmark is “999”. The silvery metallic shine color cannot be reproduced by a simple solid color. It’s available in form of wire, sheet and metal clay. It can be hardened through firing and rapid cooling. It’s not suitable for stone setting jewelry. 999 silver wires of different is available for purchase. Round silver wire is for wrapping beads, and making loops for necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Silver bezel wire is used to hold a gem or bead in place on a ring, bracelet or necklace. Precious Silver clay is composed of silver, water and binding compounds. The Clay can be molded in any shape like ceramic clay. The clay is hardened after it is fired. It can be used to make charms or as a slip to connect 2 silver pieces. 925 Silver 925 Silver contains 92.5% Silver and 7.5% other elements, usually copper. The Hallmark is “925”. It’s also named Sterling Silver. The trace elements are to strengthen the metal as pure Silver is very soft, and to preserve the ductility and the natural color of Silver. Silver is not very reactive to chemicals. The impurities in Sterling Silver such as Copper induced the problem of corrosion or tarnishing. Copper reacts with oxygen in the air to produce Copper Oxide which discolors Silver parts. Harsh polishing and buffing may damage or devalue silver Jewelry. Valuable jewelries are normally hand-polished. Professional Jewelers or silver repairmen normally use a hand polishing to preserve the unique patinas of older pieces. Thai Silver It contains 92.5% silver with 7.5% impurities. This is a specialty of Thailand. It’s gone through an oxidizing process to induce an antiqued silver appearance. Thai Silver has a hard, cultural and solid feeling. Tibetan Silver Tibet Silver is an alloy which contains mainly Nickel, Zinc, lead and Copper etc. Tibet Silver is named “Silver” though they have no Silver content. They are mainly produced at Tibet and Nepal. Metallurgical testing of jewelry items sold as “Tibetan Silver” indicates these items contain no silver, but high levels of Lead and other dangerous metals such as Arsenic instead. From records, there are increasing sales of Tibetan Silver in trade publication because of their beauty. High level of exposure to Lead can lead to increased blood pressure, fertility problems, nerve disorders, muscle and joint pain, irritability, stunted growth, hearing impairment, and kidney damage etc. For the sack of health, it’s recommended not to buy and use Tibetan Silver Jewelry, or you never allow them to touch your skins. Conclusively, Silver jewelry is very much in style these day, it has earn its status as a fashion perennial and its beauty, versatility and affordability give Silver a lead in the fashion stakes.
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