What is Sterling silver?

Sterling silver is a natural metal with a small amount of other metals, usually copper to harden it for the purpose of making jewellery.

Why mix pure silver with copper?

Pure silver is a very soft metal and needs to be hardened to make jewellery.

What is the meaning of 92.5?

92.5 Is the hallmarks used to identify fine silver.

What is the composition of 92.5 sterling silver?

92.5 sterling silver is a mixture of 92.5% pure silver & 7.5% copper, and is recognised as fine silver.

Where do I find the 92.5 hallmark?

You will usually find the Hallmark in the widest part of your jewellery piece.

Is the 92.5 Hallmark always engraved on a piece of jewellery?

Yes. It can be engraved stamped or laser marked, but always 92.5

Why do factories Rhodium plate 925 sterling silver?

Rhodium Plating is used as an anti tarnish & stops the silver from having to be polished regularly.

What is Rhodium?

Rhodium is a metal related to Platinum and is very expensive.

How do I know if my item is Rhodium plated?

A Rhodium plated jewellery item is much brighter than just polished silver.

Splendid Silver always identify this in it’s description.

Why does sterling silver go black?

This is known as oxidisation, most metals oxidise or rust, Rhodium plating stops this process, oxidation can also occur if you have a strong acidity in your body usually through perspiration.