Add Sparkle and brilliance to your elegant evening gown with a shimmering sterling silver necklace set. Whether it be an open neck diamond cut necklace or a highly polished multi-strand sterling silver necklace, it will add pizzazz to your already stunning appearance.
Sterling Silver is the standard for shimmering sterling silver jewelry. Since 99.9% pure silver is too soft for jewelry and is easily damaged, an alloy is added to the silver making it more durable. This alloy is usually cooper since it enhances durability without affecting its brilliant color. The standard for sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% cooper, and the minimum is 925 parts per thousand.
Silver is not very reactive to form tarnish; however, the cooper will react with oxygen and water. There are many commercial products available to clean your silver jewelry including cloths, creams, and polishes. To keep your silver looking like new, clean your jewelry at the first sign of tarnish, and store it in a tarnish free jewelry box. Wearing your silver jewelry often will also cut down on tarnishing. To minimize scratching, store each piece in a cloth bag or in an individual padded compartment. Do not wear your silver jewelry in the shower, in a swimming pool, while spraying your hair, and for goodness sake, when going to bed. As common-sense dictates, do not expose your beautiful jewelry to harmful chemicals
The hallmark for sterling silver varies from nation to nation, (for example, the crown or lion stamped into the jewelry in Britain), but in the U.S., a national hallmark was never adopted, but the words “sterling silver”, “ster”, “sterling”, or “.925” are stamped into the piece of jewelry. There are some exceptions, however, the Southwest Indians often stamp their initials even though it is sterling silver.
What turns a “little black dress” into a “LITTLE BLACK DRESS”? Just add a sophisticated, sensual, sensational sterling silver necklace and just watch the magic! Then add a pair of shimmering sterling silver earrings, and you’ve got the touch.
All jewelry pieces are available at Satin Doll Boutique under Fine Sterling Silver Jewelry.
Pure 24K gold is usually too soft for ordinary use, although, unlike silver, you can purchase 24K (pure gold) jewelry. The use of alloys hardens the gold to enhance its durability such as silver, copper, zinc and nickel, (although nickel is banned in some countries) and the content of gold is indicated by carts (k). Pure gold is 24K and common lower measurements for jewelry are 22K, 18K, 14K, and 10K. In the U.S., the most common gold jewelry sold is 14K.
Gold comes in three colors - rose, yellow and white - depending on the alloy used. Rose gold uses copper as an alloy, yellow uses bronze, zinc or nickel, and white gold uses alloys such as zinc, nickel, silver, or palladium. White gold is sometimes plated with rhodium, which is a member of the platinum family, to enhance the white color.
Pure gold will not tarnish, but some alloys do. Clean your gold jewelry with a commercial product for cleaning gold if any tarnish appears. Store the jewelry in a pouch or in a padded individual compartment that is tarnish resistant. As with sterling silver, do not shower, swim, spray your hair, go to bed, or clean your house wearing your gold jewelry.
There is a misconception about gold allergies. There are no allergies to pure gold, but there are allergies to nickel, if it should contain this alloy.
In the U.S., each gold piece is stamped with the amount of gold (10K,14K, 18K, 22K, so beware if there is no stamp.
If you look closely at the pictures, the 24K gold is a buttery color which gradually becomes a bronze color gold in the 10K necklace.