Sterling silver jewelry is very popular. However, one of the drawbacks of Sterling silver is its tendency to tarnish very quickly. There are many products available to bring back the beautiful luster of Sterling, but too often in our busy lives, the time needed to take care of fine Sterling silver just isn't available.
Traditional Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver (92.5%) and copper (7.5%). You will often find the numbers 925 stamped on the jewelry, guaranteeing the piece has 92.5% silver.
Pure silver is much too soft to use for most jewelry, but with the small addition of copper, silver becomes much stronger while retaining its ability to be shaped and soldered. The problem is Sterling Silver becomes tarnished quickly by the reaction of sulfur compounds in the air with the copper. The result of the copper and sulfur reaction is the formation of a dark tarnish on the metal
Platinum has been making its way into American culture as the use of it in jewelry has grown substantially in the past ten years. If you have priced jewelry recently you know this precious white metal is even more costly than gold. So what is platinum and how long has it been around?
Platinum is a member of the 'platinum metals' family, along with ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, and iridium. Platinum jewelry dates back to Egyptian tombs in 1200 BC where it was imported from Nubia. In 700 BC, the high priestess Shepenupet was buried in a sarcophagus decorated in gold and platinum hieroglyphics. Platinum was also found in South America, dating back to 100 BC; the Incas created ceremonial jewelry from both gold and platinum.
In 1751, Theophil Scheffer, a Swedish scientist, recognized its unique properties and rarity and declared it a precious metal
It's almost impossible to come across a woman who does not have a penchant for jewelry. In fact, it's right to say that you will find it difficult to come across a person who does not love jewelry. Nowadays, men wearing jewelry has nothing to do with them exhibiting their feminine side. Men look as good in jewelry as woman do.
With the popularity of jewelry among both the genders, it has been seen that silver jewelry has benefited the most. Both men and women love their silver. And the most popular piece of silver jewelry is silver rings with pearls. Silver and pearls combine really well to create rings that are always in vogue. The best thing about silver rings with pearls is that they express their beauty with a lot of subtlety. They are elegant and understated and if your ring has white pearls you can wear it with almost all kinds of outfits