Renewed Metal: Sterling Silver
Silver has an ancient association with the moon and its lunar influence. It has a cool, receptive quality that is tied to creativity and intelligence. Silver, with the periodic table letters Ag, is the 47th element. Here is some information that will help you to understand more about silver wedding rings, which we make with the same exquisite care as our gold and platinum rings.
Silver is often a byproduct of gold mining. Like gold, the mining of silver results in massive environmental damage and displacement of communities.
We use only recycled silver to produce our wedding rings.
Beyond what we show on this website, Helen's company, Reflective Images, was perhaps the first company in the jewelry sector to manufacturing both within the US and internationally with 100% recycled sterling silver.
Fine silver, also known as "pure silver" is too malleable and soft for jewelry. Our recycled silver is mixed with 7.5% copper to create "sterling silver." Sterling silver is 92.5% fine silver.
The addition of copper, which most agree is the best metal improve silver's hardness, does not change silver's desirable color and does little to diminish silver's value. Most of the value in a silver piece of jewelry is in the labor involved to craft intricate patterns and motifs.
Sterling silver pieces are generally stamped with a "quality" or "fineness" insignia on the back side of a piece, such as:
Silver will last for generations of properly cared for. It is best to store your silver pieces in a pouch or a box to protect it from scratching. Also, consider removing your silver when using bleach, ammonia or if you swim often in a chlorinated pool. Harsh chemicals can damage silver and remove any oxidation elements which may be an essential part of a particular design.
Sulfur and hydrogen sulfide in ambient air will reacting to silver and result in a natural dulling. To prevent tarnish from building up, clean your silver regularly with a polishing cloth. Tarnish is much easier to remove when it is first apparent.
If your piece is antiqued, then do not use the "silver cleaners." Liquid solutions take out oxidation. Instead, use a polishing cloth to keep your piece shiny and sparkling.