Which is better, sterling silver or silver plated jewellery?
Sterling silver as we know is often made up of pure silver combined with a small percentage of copper. Adversely, silver plated jewellery contains only an alloy of real silver, with a base metal of nickel, copper, brass or white metal constituting a majority of the compound.
Over time, silver plated jewellery will begin to fade and tarnish away, exposing the base metal. Those who have sensitive skin may find a reaction occurs when this happens because of the presence of nickel. You may find after purchasing jewellery from high street shops that the silver layer has worn off to reveal a different coloured metal below. We can guarantee you, our jewellery will never do that!
There’s no doubt that 925 sterling silver jewellery is better than silver plated jewellery in appearance, quality and longevity of life. Take a look at some of our sterling silver bracelet ranges to see the quality sterling silver jewellery you can expect from us.
You might know that gold plated jewellery is another example of sterling silver jewellery where the metal top coating may rub off and tarnish. Sometimes it isn't declared how thick the plating is so it could a very thin layer resulting in the sterling silver peeking through once it wears off. If you are going to indulge in gold jewellery and can't afford solid gold, go for vermeil.