What is Sterling Silver?
Wikipedia provides a complete definition, with history to boot:
"Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The minimum millesimal fineness is 925.
Fine silver (99.9% pure) is generally too soft for producing large functional objects.
In sterling the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give strength whilst preserving the ductility of the silver and a high precious metal content.
Other metals can replace the copper, usually with the intent to improve various properties of the basic sterling alloy such as reducing casting porosity, eliminating firescale, and increasing resistance to tarnish.
These replacement metals include germanium, zinc, platinum as well as a variety of other additives including silicon and boron.
A number of alloys claiming firescale and/or tarnish resistance have appeared in recent years sparking heavy competition between the various manufacturers and their different formulations.
No one alloy has emerged as an industry leader or standard and ongoing alloy development is a very active area."
What is the origin of the term "Sterling"?
Again, thanks to the Wikipedia:
"The term 'Sterling Silver,' in reference to the .925 grade of silver, emerged in England by the 13th century.
The terms 'sterling' and 'pound sterling,' seem to have acquired their meaning over a period of time, and from several convergent sources.
The first mention is that of 'sterilensis' in 1078, and by the thirteenth century (the 1200s) 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)."
How do I care for my Sterling Silver Pieces?
"A number of products have been developed for the purpose of polishing silver, such as Twinkle Silver Cream and Wright's Silver Cream, which serve to remove sulphur from the metal without damaging or warping the metal.
As harsh polishing and buffing can permanently damage and devalue an antique piece of silver, valuable silver is typically hand-polished to preserve the unique patina of an older piece.
Techniques such as wheel polishing, which are typically performed by professional jeweler or silver repair company, are reserved for extreme tarnish or corrosion."
What is www.Silver925.ecrater.com?
Silver 925 is an online store that deals primarily in sterling silver jewelry and accessories for ladies. Our silver pieces are carefully selected both for the value shopper and silver connoisseur in you.
Silver 925 is a partnership between special friends who have enjoyed the metal's beauty, its timelessness and subtle aesthetic attributes, in equal measure. We believe that there is a perfect piece of silver for each one.
We deal primarily with clients in the United States. Our prices are below retail because we also cater to e-tailers who want to carry our products in their own webstores or brick-and-mortar businesses.
We are hosted by eCrater, the best marketplace in the web and in the world!
What locations does Silver 925 ship to?
Without discounting the possibility of expanding our shipping zones, we currently ship only to the following areas: U.S. Mainland, Hawaii, Alaska, and Australia.
What courier service/s does Silver 925 use?
At the option of the buyer/s, Silver 925 would ship by regular/ordinary mail, by EMS, or through Fedex.
The exact shipping rates applicable when shipping through IEMS (International Express Mail Service) - i.e. 0 to 250 grams - are available at www.philpost.gov.ph.
IEMS is the resulting international system of the agreement between the postal offices of the world. This means that if you are in the U.S., your package would be shipped through the USPS (U.S. Postal Service) system. Delivery is within 5-7 days and you can track your shipment through the U.S. Postal Service's web tracking system.
At the option of the buyer, individual orders may be sent through regular mail. Delivery time is 2-3 weeks.
For wholesale purchases, we prefer to ship through Fedex. You may visit www.fedex.com to use the Fedex International Shipping Calculator. Fedex insures your package for a maximum amount of $ 100.
What mode/s of payment does www.Silver925.ecrater.com accept?
We accept Paypal payments. Paypal is available in the Philippines through Xoom.com. Please use Xoom.com to pay with Paypal.
The following are also accepted payment alternatives: 1) www.ikobo.com; and 2) www.westernunion.com.
If you have preferred payment methods, please feel free to communicate that with us.