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Sterling Silver F.A.Q.

Q: What is sterling silver jewelry?
A: Sterling silver is a metal that is ninety-two and a half percent silver, and seven and a half percent other metals, usually copper. Pure silver is too soft to mold items out of, so other metals are added to make it hard enough to keep itís shape.

Q: What kinds of jewelry are made of sterling silver?
A: You can find the same items in sterling silver that you can in gold. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and cufflinks are all made from sterling silver, and are available in many different styles.

Q: What are the advantages of sterling silver jewelry?
A: Sterling silver is a different color than gold, so will accent clothing, complexion, and hair colors differently, in some cases better. It is more affordable than gold, so is a good choice for those who do not want to spend too much on jewelry. And some people simply prefer the elegant appearance of silver to that of gold.

Q: Is sterling silver hard to care for?
A: Sterling silver may tarnish after some time, but is easy to clean. Silver polish has the best results. Other solutions, like salt or baking soda and aluminum, can clean silver naturally. Baking soda paste and a toothbrush are also effective on tough tarnish.

Q: Where can I buy sterling silver jewelry?
A: Sterling silver items are available at most any jewelry store, as well as many department stores. These will have the largest selection, as well as looking online. Smaller department store and chain jewelry stores in malls may carry some sterling silver items, but they may not be as high of quality or have as wide of a selection.

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