Metals Guide - Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver

Metals Guide - Sterling Silver

Silver is one of the most popular precious metals and is associated with success, glamour and wealth. It is ductile and malleable, which means that it can be drawn into wire or beaten into sheets and is therefore ideal for use in making all types of jewellery.

Brighter in colour than the other white metals, silver has been used in fashionable and alluring jewellery throughout history. Plain, engraved or stone set silver is so wonderfully versatile; it is the perfect metal to complement diamonds and other precious gemstones.

You may have come across the term 'sterling silver', which is an alloy, made up of copper and 92.5% pure silver and this is reflected in the 925 sterling silver hallmark stamp. Slightly harder than pure silver, sterling silver is the most popular alloy for use in the manufacture of jewellery and silverware. Less common but with a higher purity is Britannia Silver UK, which is also made up of copper but contains 95.8% silver, with a hallmark stamp of 958 – For more information hallmarks, read our Hallmarks guide.

Silver articles weighing less than 7.78 grams are not required to carry a hallmark.