Monday, May 01, 2017

Silver Through the Ages

by Schmidt Jewelers
Silver has been a part of civilization since the beginning. It was first used as currency as early as Ancient Rome. Because it is so durable, for thousands of years it's been hammered and thinned out into mirrors and for hundreds of years it has been shaped into silverware and for most of the twentieth century has been used for wiring inside most home electronics.

Around the time it was first used for currency, silver was also used for jewelry by creating sterling silver. Because silver is so soft, it must be mixed with other metals for almost every application. This includes jewelry. Sterling silver is 92 and a half percent pure silver, with the remaining metals being a mix of metal alloys. Mixing in these alloys strengthens the silver, making sure that your sterling silver jewelry will stand the test of time.


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Friday, January 01, 2016

Sterling Silver - Lustrous and Low Maintenance

by Schmidt Jewelers
Sterling Silver - Lustrous and Low Maintenance Silver is used for jewelry because it can be plated with rhodium for a shiny finish, a thin coat of silver for the same effect, or gold to produce a gold gild on the piece. This is often how costume jewelry is given a gold sheen. Silver can even be hammered or worked into links for different ideas of what it looks like.

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