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What is 925 Silver?
What does 925 mean? Can you shower with the jewelry? Is Silver Rusting? An article that goes through everything you could possibly want to know about 925 Silver.
925 silver is a term used to describe silver jewelry that is classified as genuine. The reason why it is precisely the number 925 is because silver jewelry contains 92.5% pure silver. The remainder is made up of other metals, usually copper.
Since silver is a type of metal that in its purest form is very soft, you need to use alloys (mixtures) with other metals to make jewelry from the silver.
Objects that wear more, for example cutlery and candlesticks, require an even greater mixture of other metals. These are instead called 830 silver and thus contain 83% pure silver and 17% of other types of metals.
Can you shower with 925 Silver?
The short answer is; Yes, you can shower with silver jewellery. Silver will not tarnish when exposed to water. However, the jewelry can get a darker shade and lose some of its shine if it comes into contact with water, sulfur, perfumes or other types of acids regularly over a long period of time.
Can silver rust?
No, silver is a type of metal that cannot rust. However, silver tends to get a darker shade the more it is used.
Care advice for 925 Silver jewellery
Silver is a type of metal that will not lose color, it is very durable and a great choice for every day use, we also treat our silver through a special process that makes it keep the new silver color for a very long time. However, all silver jewelry tarnishes over time and there are things you can do to keep your silver jewelry as beautiful as possible for as long as possible.
Make sure to always store your silver separately. Silver jewelry that is placed together with other jewelry tends to discolor more quickly.
Our bodies excrete sulfur to which silver reacts negatively. Considering that we sleep for a large part of the day, it is smart to take off the jewelry
Any time spent with the piece on the body means that the piece will slowly but surely darken. If you take off the jewelry before you sleep, you increase the chance of keeping the silver's shine and color for longer.
If you want to use perfume while wearing your silver necklace, it is recommended to let the perfume dry on the skin before putting on the jewelry.
How to clean silver jewelry?
When you feel it's time to clean your jewelry, there are several ways to do it. Below we list the most common ways to proceed depending on what tools you have on hand.
Cleaning with silver plaster.
Pour a dab of the silver polish onto a soft cloth or polishing cloth and rub the agent slowly onto the piece of jewellery. Be careful not to rub back and forth or in circles to prevent scratches and unwanted patterns.
Cleaning with detergent
If you don't have any silver polish, you can instead use ordinary washing-up liquid and water.
What you want to do in that case is:
- Lather together the mixture of washing-up liquid and water in a bowl.
- Place the jewelry in the bowl for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove the jewelry and brush the jewelry gently with a soft brush. A toothbrush often works well for easier access.
- Rinse the jewelry with clean water and dry with a soft towel.
Cleaning with bicarbonate/baking soda
NOTE: Do not use this method if your jewelry is decorated with stones.
Another known trick for washing silver is to use baking soda or baking soda with boiling water.
- Place aluminum foil in the bottom of a bowl
- Place the jewelery on the foil and sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda or baking powder.
- Then pour boiling water over it and let the jewelry sit for a few minutes.
- Use pliers to lift out the silver, alternatively wait until the water has cooled and then pick up your piece of jewellery.
- Rinse off with plain clean water and dry with a soft towel.