When it comes to jewellery, sterling silver stands out. But what exactly is sterling silver, and what sets it apart? 

Composition and purity 

Sterling silver is an alloy that’s made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of another metal, typically copper. This specific ratio of each metal is crafted to enhance the durability and strength of the silver while maintaining its lustre.  

Collage Abbott Lyon Sterling Silver

The hallmark of quality 

To distinguish genuine sterling silver from other silver-like alloys, a hallmark is often imprinted on the piece. The hallmark usually shows the number "925," signifying the 92.5% silver content. This stamp is a guarantee of quality and authenticity. 

Versatility in design 

One of the great things about sterling silver is how versatile it is. Silversmiths and jewellery designers can create intricate and detailed pieces. Whether it's a delicate necklace, a bold statement ring, or elegant earrings, sterling silver works in lots of different styles, making it a favourite for both traditional and contemporary designs. 

Abbott Lyon Collage Sterling Silver

Tarnish resistance 

While silver is known to tarnish over time because of exposure to air and moisture, adding copper into sterling silver minimises this natural process. Regular wear can even help prevent tarnishing, as the friction with the skin removes the oxidized layer, revealing the metal's brightness. 

Affordability without compromise 

Sterling silver combines luxury and affordability. Its reasonable price point makes it more accessible  making it an excellent alternative to more expensive precious metals without sacrificing quality or  style. 

Sterling silver’s blend of purity, durability, and affordability has made it a popular choice for jewellery. It complements any style and goes beyond trends. 

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