Why is sterling silver so popular for making modern handmade jewellery?

Why is sterling silver so popular for making modern handmade jewellery?

I have used sterling silver to make my contemporary handmade jewellery for years and there's loads of reasons why it's so popular.


Here are just a few reasons why it's still so popular:

  1. Aesthetic Appeal:

Bright and Lustrous Appearance: Sterling silver has a natural bright and shiny finish that is visually appealing and enhances the beauty of jewelry pieces.

Versatility in Design: Its malleability allows jewelers to create intricate and detailed designs, making it suitable for a wide range of styles, from classic to contemporary.

  1. Durability:

Increased Hardness: The addition of copper (7.5%) to pure silver (92.5%) makes sterling silver harder and more resistant to scratching and bending. This durability is essential for items like rings, bracelets, and necklaces that are worn frequently.

  1. Affordability:

Cost-Effective Precious Metal: Sterling silver is more affordable than many other precious metals like gold or platinum, making it accessible to a wider audience without sacrificing beauty and quality.

Value Retention: While more affordable, sterling silver still holds value as a precious metal, making it a worthwhile investment for jewellery buyers.

  1. Hypoallergenic Properties:

Nickel-Free Option: Sterling silver is generally free of nickel, a common allergen found in some other metals. This makes it a good option for people with sensitive skin or metal allergies.

  1. Ease of Maintenance:

Tarnish Resistance: While sterling silver can tarnish over time, it can be easily cleaned and restored to its original shine using silver polish or simple cleaning methods. Proper care, such as storing it in tarnish-resistant bags, can also minimise tarnishing.

  1. Customisation and Craftsmanship:

Easily Customisable: Sterling silver can be easily molded, engraved, and set with gemstones, offering vast possibilities for customisation and personalization.

Artisan Craftsmanship: Many artisans prefer working with sterling silver due to its workability, allowing them to produce high-quality, handcrafted jewellery pieces.

  1. Symbolism and Tradition:

Historical Significance: Sterling silver has a long history of use in jewelry and decorative arts, symbolising purity, elegance, and sophistication. This tradition adds a layer of cultural and historical value to sterling silver jewellery.

  1. Sustainability:

Recyclable: Sterling silver is fully recyclable, which aligns with the growing consumer preference for sustainable and eco-friendly products. All of the sterling silver jewellery I use is from recycled silver.

I think that sterling silver will always be a great choice when you are looking to buy modern handmade modern jewellery. I hope I will continue to use sterling silver for many more years to come!

Lots of the jewellery on my handmade jewellery website I make from solid recycled gold but if you'd like a design made in sterling silver instead just get in touch:


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