What is 925 Sterling Silver

What is 925 Sterling Silver?

What is 925 Sterling Silver? 

Sterling Silver is a combination of metals. It is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. Silver is a precious metal which has been used to make jewellery and objects for thousands of years. 

What does 925 stamp on Sterling Silver mean?

Sterling Silver jewellery is often stamped (or Hallmarked as it is called in England, United Kingdom) with the numbers 925. This mark on the metal means that the object is made up of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals. 

Silver jewellery can be made with any percentage amount of silver. However it can ONLY be called Sterling Silver if the total silver content amount is 92.5% pure silver. 

Pure Silver is very soft and malleable, so it's un-suitable for making jewellery and objects. Mixing pure silver together other alloys, specifically copper, transforms the chemical properties of silver into a much more durable and long lasting metal. 

How much does Silver Cost?

Silver is a metal that is mined out of the ground. It is then refined and sold. As silver is a rare and precious metal, the price of silver is driven by supply and demand. Silver is a commodity and is listed on the stock market exchanges around the world. 

This means that the cost of silver can vary based on the country in which it is mined as well as the timeframe in which it is listed for sale. 

To watch the price of silver rise and fall, can be followed on stock market

How much does a Sterling Silver Ring Cost?

There are FIVE (5) considerations to make when looking at the PRICE of a Sterling Silver Ring:   

1. Market Demand - The price of silver changes like a lot of commodities on the stock market exchange. The price a jeweller purchased the silver, can influence the price it is sold to the customer. The price of silver fluctuates based on supply and demand. 

 2. Material Quality - Pure silver is a precious metal. The purer or more silver the ring contains, the more expensive the ring could be. Sterling Silver rings are made with 92.5% pure silver. Fine Silver rings are made with 99% pure silver. 

3. Craftsmanship - Handcrafted or purchased directly from the artist and jeweller often command higher prices due to the skilled labor involved. Intricate designs, detailed engraving, or unique settings can all contribute to an increased cost. While mass produced retail brands are not as rare or unique. 

4. Limited Edition or Collectible Pieces: Sterling silver rings that are part of limited edition collections or considered collectible items can be more expensive due to their rarity and exclusivity. All of the pieces available at Rahaima.com are  handmade and crafted as part of a collection and limited series. 

5. Hallmarking and Certification: Authentic sterling silver rings are often hallmarked to certify their quality and purity. Rings that come with official certifications or assurances of authenticity may be priced higher due to the added credibility and assurance they provide to buyers. 

Sterling Silver Collection by Rahaima

These are some of the reasons why sterling silver jewellery and objects are considered so valuable. I enjoy working with all types of metals, but sterling silver plays an important part in my creativity.

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