silver is an element that occurs naturally in the earth and is generally considered too soft in its pure form for practical use in jewelry, giftware or flatware. an alloy such as copper is usually added to make silver workable for jewelry.
sterling silver is 92.5 % pure silver and 7.5 % alloy metal. this particular combination is the primary material used for silver jewelry, giftware, holloware and flatware. only jewelry that is at least 92.5 % pure silver can be called or labeled "sterling silver" or "sterling" and can be stamped with "925" ".925," or "92.5."
all zevarat.com silver is 92.5 % sterling silver. however in some old silver pieces we do find the silver content to be less, and in this case it is clearly specified as such.
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