There is nothing quite like fine silver. The looks and the feel stand along against other types of silver. Working with fine silver is also extraordinary because it is so expressive, and the nuances and details are easily expressed in the metal.
Yes, it is soft metal but remember, it's still metal. With years of wearing, the marks of time will be left, and it's 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 amazing. You can feel the weight and the softness of fine silver as you touch it.
Fine silver is hard as a metal, yet is soft enough that you feel the difference against your 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 as is usually found in lower grade silver will cause allergies or reactions to our skin.
With great 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 an active person, 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.
.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 while.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.