When buying silver jewelry the most important thing to consider is the quality of the silver used to make the jewelry. Pure silvery is very soft so metal alloys like copper are added to harden silver. To be considered sterling, or real, silver it must contain 92.5% silver. When silver is bonded to any base metal, it is not real silver and is called silver-plated. Before you purchase any silver jewelry look for markings printed on the jewelry such as:
• Sterling silver
The law in the United States requires that any company selling jewelry and claims it is sterling silver or of similar nature must vouch it is what they say by including their U.S. registered trademark on the jewelry. You also need to look at the design. Make sure that you look at it from all sides to see it if is consistently made. This type of jewelry can be expensive but it is a good investment.
What to buy
• Earrings-when you purchase such jewelry buy several pairs of earrings. They come in sizes and shapes to suit different occasions. For example, at a cocktail party you could match a silver necklace with dangling cubic zirconia and silver drop earrings. In the office, you could wear small to medium size silver hoops or studs with a simple silver necklace.
• Necklaces-this is a great piece of jewelry to add to your collection. There are many styles and designs of necklaces made using. Any will go with any outfit in your closet. A unique design to go with your casual ware and jeans would be a silver dog tag pendant that is strung on a leather cord. For formal wear and evening dresses try wearing a zirconia and silver pendant on a delicate thin silver chain will give you an elegant feel. An important consideration when purchasing necklaces is the length so make sure that you have several different sizes. Different size lengths look good on specific apparel. For a lower cut neckline, wear longer length silver chains. Depending on the occasion, you could also combine two or three necklaces of different lengths to give your outfit a unique look.
• Rings-silver rings are the choice for some when looking for engagement and wedding rings. Look for casual rings that have an antiqued silver finish or silver and zirconia rings.
• Bracelets-this is another popular piece of sterling silver jewelry. This is especially true with the younger generation who love to wear several thin bracelets on one arm. You can also find them in a hammered wide scuff. An engraved silver bracelet makes a great gift for any occasion.