Why do gold have different colors? Is one more precious than the other?
HOW ARE DIFFERENT COLORS OF GOLD CREATED?
Pure gold is just “gold” or yellow in color. The color of gold is determined by the type of metal added to the initial pure gold to create the desired shade and materials. That’s why you can have three pieces of gold jewelry, each with a 18k gold stamp, but are of three entirely different shades of gold.
This post is the first in my in-depth 5-part series on gold, which will teach you vital information to never be cheated by unscrupulous gold sellers and get the exact piece you want at a fair price. In this guide, you will learn what is pure gold and solid gold, the different gold grades, and how to tell if something is real gold.
In this post, I will explain how to tell if something is real silver, and the different silver tests you can use, from simple tests on the spot, to technical ones.
The difference between sterling silver and pure silver is that sterling silver is only 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals. As pure silver is too soft to be used in jewelry crafting, jewelers will often add a small quantity of other metals to strengthen the silver. The result is sterling silver, the primary material used for silver jewelry. You can tell if something is real silver using an acid test.
WHAT IS PURE SILVER?
Pure silver, also referred to as fine silver, has actual silver content of 99.9%.
However, because of its high purity, fine silver is too soft to use in jewelry crafting, and hence is often mixed with other metals to make it harder.
This article will teach you how to polish silver at home with homemade silver polish and silver polishing cloth. It includes everyday silver polishing tips to prevent tarnishing, as well as heavy silver cleaning guide for tarnished silver.
In my previous article on why sterling silver tarnishes, I have provided a guide on how to keep silver from tarnishing. This post is a comprehensive guide on how to polish silver jewelry to prevent further tarnish and recover tarnished silver.
HOW TO POLISH STERLING SILVER EVERYDAY TO PREVENT TARNISHING – LIGHT CLEANING
To keep their shine, silver should be regularly polished, ideally everyday after you take them off (and you should be taking them off everyday). If everyday is too much, such light cleaning should be at least weekly if you wear the jewelry a lot or monthly if you don’t.
Take this light cleaning as a preventive measure. Polishing silver is pretty simple and fast if you have a chemically treated silver polishing cloths, which you can get pretty cheap from Amazon.
While pure 99.9% silver does not tarnish, any sterling silver will tarnish over time as a result of the metal mixed in. However, fortunately there are many ways to keep sterling silver from tarnishing.
Does silver tarnish? This is a tricky question, as technically, tarnishing does not occur in pure silver. However, pure silver is too soft to be used in jewelry crafting. Therefore, jewelers will often add a small quantity of copper to strengthen the silver. The resulting product is .925 sterling silver, which contains 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. It is the primary material used for silver jewelry.
Unfortunately, because of the metals added, sterling silver, even real .925 sterling silver, will always tarnish. Tarnishing thus does not mean that the silver is low purity.
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