Sterling silver should be stamped with .925 or 925, meaning it’s 92.5% pure silver. Anything with less silver content than that may not keep its original color.
If no stamp is visible, be sure you trust the jeweler from whom you are buying; otherwise, look elsewhere.
Before buying silver, you should take the time to look for visible imperfections.
Check the strength of clasps and earring posts. Make sure chain link bracelets and necklaces have no kinks and will not kink easily.
Silver and Your Style
Sterling silver comes in a variety of styles. Think about the clothing you own and the purpose of the piece you’re looking for when shopping for silver jewelry.
If you are looking for something to wear every day and you want the piece to go with everything, you may consider buying a simple silver chain, some classic silver hoop earrings, or a bangle bracelet.
If you wish to add a pop of color to your outfits, you can find beautiful and unique gemstone rings and pendants of all different sizes. You can find big and bold statement pieces or smaller sentimental pieces.
Shop for Interchangeable Pieces
If you’re on a budget, you can shop for interchangeable silver jewelry. You won’t have to spend too much on many different individual pieces, but you will look as though you did.
You may consider buying a single silver necklace and multiple pendants that you could switch up each day as opposed to buying multiple necklaces with charms.
You can buy stacking rings that you can wear individually on all different fingers or you can stack together to achieve the look of one over-sized statement piece.
A bracelet with open links can be used with detachable charms, allowing you to wear it alone or with any different combination of charms to accomplish your desired look for the day.
Purchasing these types of interchangeable pieces will save you money and increase the versatility in your silver collection.
Silver jewelry is sold in jewelry stores, booths, department stores, and by independent jewelry designers. Purchases can be made online as well.
You can order custom-made pieces that include personalized designs or you can choose from any readily available collection.
Before making any purchases, ask about the return policy to ensure you can receive your money back if anything should go wrong.
If you’re buying silver jewelry online, it may be helpful to research the website selling it to be sure the dealer is a reputable one.
You should also make sure the website is secure before you enter any credit card information.
Tips on Silver Care
Silver can tarnish. Once you find and purchase the pieces you love, be sure to have a good silver jewelry cleaner on hand to keep your pieces looking beautiful.
You may also consider storing them in a small anti-tarnish bag so you can make your favorite purchases last.