May 22, 2011

Become A Silver Jewelry Expert And Know The Types

Today silver jewelry is becoming more popular day by day and wherever you walk, in one way or another you will always come across silver jewelry. Silver jewelry is made out of the precious metal silver. Silver jewelry is shiny and is crafted in a variety of designs to fit different tastes. Below are the five popular types of silver on the market. Read them and become a silver jewelry expert, especially if you are thinking of joining that line of business - or just for fun.

1. The first type of silver jewelry is the pure silver jewelry made out of pure silver. What we call pure silver is 99.9% pure. It is ideal for the handmade crafting of silver jewelry like earrings and necklaces, due to its softness thus being made into intricate patterns. Apart from being soft, it is also very glossy.

2. The sterling silver jewelry follows pure silver jewelry. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure and is harder if compared to pure silver jewelry. Genuine sterling jewelry will always have ‘925’ engraved on it or the word ‘sterling’ stamped on it. Jewelry without either of these two tags is rarely genuine sterling silver jewelry. In most cases it is used for making ornaments due to its hardness by using techniques like engraving, chasing or inlaying.

3. Silver gemstone jewelry. It is actually silver but, due to the use of gems like emeralds, amethysts, rubies, sapphires, pearls and topaz, it has earned itself the name of silver gemstone jewelry. The gemstones add elegance and value to the silver.

4. German silver jewelry, also known as Alpaca silver, is another type. It is very strong and corrosion resistant, but it has a combination of copper, nickel and zinc. Due to the nickel content in German silver, it is not used to make jewelry that can be worn on the skin, as many people are allergic to it, so it is mostly used for decorative ornaments.

5. The last is oxidized silver jewelry. The oxidization is deliberately done to give it a dark and austere look. This may sound weird to you, but the appearance achieved by oxidization renders an attractive quality to the silver ornament. If you are the type who likes new and unconventional designs, then oxidized silver jewelry is the way to go.

Now you know all the kinds of silver jewelry and what is best for each purpose, don’t be cheated any more.

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