ALL PRODUCTS ARE 925 (A.K.A STERLING SILVER)
Sterling Silver is a 92.5% silver and 7.5% alloy mix. This is the common standard of silver jewelry as pure silver is much too soft and malleable. The 7.5% alloy mix (mostly copper) gives enough hardiness while keeping to the bright white precious metal look. Oxidisation is a common natural reaction to be expected when the alloy mix is exposed to oxygen, moisture and sulphur in the air — note: the silver itself does not oxidise.
IT LOVES TO BE TOUCHED
You’ll find that pieces that are unworn and left out in the open turns duller (oxidises) as compared to pieces that are more frequently worn and ‘polished’ by your daily touch. The more you wear them, the better they look (#swear). Generally, sweat, soap and water are no issues and the silver will not leave a ‘statue of liberty teal’ stain on your skin.
To keep your silver bright, wear them often or keep them in dry air-tight places. If you messed up, you can always revive your oxidised pieces again and again with a light polish using a soft cloth (or a silver polishing cloth for sure, if you have one). However, as with other precious metals, the silver surface is still quite ‘soft’ so scratches are bound to happen from everyday wear over time.
If you prefer to keep them matte and grungy looking, we don’t judge. Seawater, chlorine pools, hot tubs and household chemicals, are some ways to darken and tarnish the pieces further 🙃