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Fine Silver Explained

29 March, 2022

 

Fine silver nuggets

 

There is nothing quite like fine silver. The bright silver shine stands out and has a unique quality. Working with fine silver is also an unique experience because it is a expressive metal. And the details of our work are printed in the piece of jewelry.

Yes, it is a soft metal, but remember, it's still metal. With years of wearing, the marks of time will be left, and that is all part of the experience of using fine silver.

The charm of fine silver is unmatched. Fine silver has a unique tone and light you can't find in any other metal. The texture is also unique. You can feel the fine silver's weight and softness as you touch it.

"Fine silver is hard enough as a metal, yet soft and comfortable  against our skin."

Not only does it look great, but the purity of fine silver is also something to be considered. As we wear silver against the skin daily, we can rest assured that no other metal usually found in lower-grade silver will cause allergies or reactions to our skin.

What is Fine Silver?

Fine silver, on the other hand, is a type of silver that is much purer than sterling silver. It is typically made up of 99.9% silver, with no additional metals added. This gives fine silver a unique look and feels that is different from other types of silver.

One of the benefits of fine silver is that it is highly pure, which means it is less likely to tarnish or corrode over time. This makes it an excellent choice for people who want high-quality silver that will last years. Additionally, because it is so pure, it has a unique luster and shines that can't be replicated by other types of silver.

However, there are some downsides to fine silver as well. Because it is so pure, it is also very soft and can scratch easily. This means that there may be better choices for jewelry or other items that will be subject to wear and tear. Additionally, because it is so pure, it is more expensive than different types of silver.

A word of caution

With superb beauty also comes a level of compromise. The softness of fine silver .999 also causes it to scratch easier than Sterling silver .925. If you are active and use your hands a lot, you'll notice your jewelry piece will start collecting nicks and dents. Some people, however, see beauty in that too. They are time markers recording the passage of time.

 

 Super Fat Moon Ring Fine Silver

 

Super Fat Moon Ring | Sterling Silver .925 and Fine silver .999 | insanely bold heavy ring | not for the faint | for those who like large and showy

 

 

FINE SILVER BULLET POINTS

  • .925 sterling silver is made up of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper or other ingredients.
  • .999 fine silver is made up of 99.9% pure silver and less than .1% copper or other ingredients
  • .999 silver does not contain significant amounts of nickel or copper — two of the most popular skin irritants in jewelry. Some forms of sterling silver contain both nickel and copper at high levels, and many people are allergic to these.
  • .999 tarnishes much slower. While all silver will eventually tarnish, sterling silver tarnishes quicker because it commonly contains 7.5% copper.999 fine silver contains less than .1% copper. Copper is one of the primary causes of tarnish.
  • Think of .999 fine silver as cashmere and .925 sterling silver as fine wool. Both are nice and soft, but cashmere feels a little bit better to wear.
  • .999 silver jewelry is rare. It's not economical to make .999 jewelry. Jewelers started using .925 sterling silver because a piece can be made thinner than it was made from .999. The thinner the piece, the less silver it has and that means more profit for the jeweler.

silver tester kit

 

Test your silver at home with this testing
kit

 

 

 

 

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