Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, with copper being the most common metal used as the 7.5 percent alloy balance in sterling silver. Copper adds hardness to pure silver, but also adds a tendency to "tarnish" (darkening that occurs when sterling silver reacts or oxidises with gases in the air or with other substances that it comes in contact with). When silver oxidises it first turns a yellow golden colour, then darkens with time to a dark graphite grey or nearly black. Some aspects of our jewellery is treated in this manner to give the sterling silver depths of colour, offer extra contrast to carved or granulated patterns or complement the colours in the gemstones used in some designs.
To help maintain the shine of your items for longer, please remove your jewellery when doing household chores, applying perfume, hair products or creams and store in a cool but dry place, away from sunlight or artificial light, when not wearing it.
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