Sterling silver and fine silver are different in that sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver and fine silver is 99.9% pure silver.My DeKooning Squiggle Necklace is made of sterling silver.What else is in sterling silver?The other 7.5% are alloys such as copper and zinc.Why do they add the other stuff to sterling silver?Other alloys are added to fine silver to make sterling silver in order to strengthen the metal. Fine silver is rather soft.Tarnished silver can get very dark. Photo courtesy of goldpolishing.comWhy does silver tarnish?Tarnish is a chemical reaction on silver that only happens on the surface. It is a reaction between the silver and hydrogen sulfide, which the body produces and an element found in the air. Tarnish doesn't hurt the silver, just puts a dark layer of patina on it. To clean your silver, I always suggest this method in video.
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