Sterling silver - what makes the difference?

Sterlingsilber - was macht den Unterschied?

Silver has fascinated people for thousands of years because of its beauty and special shine. It reflects over 99.5% of the light that hits it, making it the whitest and brightest of all metals. Like all precious metals, it is particularly durable and stable, and does not corrode in air or water.

Alloying optimizes the properties

However, although pure silver is easy to form, similar to gold, it is also very soft and not very suitable as a precious metal for jewelry, coins or cutlery. In order to optimize its mechanical properties, especially its hardness, the very soft fine silver is usually alloyed ( fused ) with other metals. This creates silver alloys with different purity levels but significantly higher degrees of hardness. The most common alloys are 800, 835 and 925 silver. We only use 925 sterling silver with a purity of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. This very high-quality silver is one of the most beautiful jewelry metals, but also very demanding to process.

The origin of the name lies in England

Only the 925 silver alloy bears the name sterling silver, which is derived from the British pound sterling. Sterling silver was the metal of the early English silver pennies in the 12th century, which were also called sterling. This name was in turn a shortening of the word Easterling, which indicates the origin of these coins from mainland Europe (coming from the East). Today, the nickname sterling is only used to distinguish the British currency from the currencies of other nations that also use the word pound. However, the term sterling silver has remained for this high-quality and beautiful 925 silver alloy.

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