Santa and Deer Christmas Silver Stud Earrings
Sterling Silver - Handcrafted Jewellery
- Elk Size: 8mm * 10mm
- Santa Size: 9mm
- Metal Material: Solid 925 Sterling Silver
- Metal Electroplating: Rhodium
- Earring Backs: Rubber
Silver will likely never go out of style as its been cherished for centuries, with origins of discovery in Greece and Turkey (formerly Anatolia) dating back to 3000 BC. Silver has traditionally been given as a symbol of trust, wisdom and love. Pure silver is precious often too soft to use in jewellery. Add a little alloy to the mix and voila, youve got sterling silver. The term "Sterling Silver" emerged in England by the 13th century (the 1200s). The first mention is that of "sterilensis" in 1078, and by the 13th century the term sterling had appeared. "Sterling" is believed to come from the Old Norman French esterlin (meaning little star) and Old English stiere (strong, firm, immovable). The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925. Fine silver, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and metals other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing. The reason silver needs to be combined with other metals is that it is very difficult to make great designs with just pure silver, which is very soft and malleable. A bit of hardness has to be introduced, by adding other metals such as copper. Thats why jewellers are capable of making the most intricate and complex designs with 925 Sterling Silver.