Sterling silver is an alloy composed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of other metals. The other 7.5% is usually copper, and sometimes zinc. Most Sterling Silver jewelry pieces are stamped with a small "925" on a hidden part of the piece to mark its purity.
Pure silver alone is too weak and soft to be made in to jewelry. The addition of copper provides the strength that is necessary to craft silver into jewelry. Sterling silver tarnishes because of the addition of copper, while pure silver does not tarnish.
To prevent your Sterling Silver jewelry from tarnishing, it is important to store it in a closed environment away from any moisture (jewelry boxes or plastic bags are great for this). We recommend that you polish your silver every few months to keep it looking shiny and white. We sell polishing cloths in our store to assist you with this.
Silver Strands began out of love and deep appreciation for Italian and Mexican silver, two countries known for their quality and craftsmanship. Our jewelry is crafted by skilled artisans in Taxco, Mexico who create each piece by hand using centuries old techniques. Our chains are created in Italy which is known for making the finest sterling silver chains in the world. Made with love and precision, every Silver Strands piece is unique and one of a kind. Our commitment to quality and tradition is at the heart of who we are.
Silver Strands was born at the Del Mar fair in California as a small jewelry booth selling handmade silver pieces from Taxco, Mexico. It was later introduced to the Minnesota State Fair at the International Bazaar and was quick to grow and become a very popular booth at the fair. We also participate in several local events around Minnesota as well.
We specialize in contemporary sterling silver jewelry, as well as stones and pearl pieces. We carry a variety of unique and beautiful designs to add glamour to your everyday look. We offer many creative, intricate, and sophisticated designs that appeal to jewelry lovers everywhere.