The History of Silver
The mining of silver began some 5000 years ago. Although silver is scarce compared to many other elements and resources, it is the most plentiful and least expensive of those elements that have earned precious metal status.
Silver was first mined in about 3000 B.C. in Turkey. These early lodes were a valuable resource for the civilizations that flourished throughout antiquity.
The Durability of Silver
In order to bare the sterling symbol mark it must be omprised of 92.5% silver. It is alloyed with copper in a similar process to gold to make it harder and stronger then pure silver, this makes it excellent for jewelry. Sterling silver is a hard metal that will stand the test of time, it can be easily polished by jewelers to repair any surface damage that may occur during normal wear.
With the proper care, your sterling silver will last a lifetime. To minimize scratches and other damage, store your silver jewelry in its own bag or box, or in a separate compartment in your jewelry box. Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals such as bleach or ammonia, or chlorinated water, as these chemicals can damage silver. The best way to clean your silver is to lightly buff with a silver polishing cloth this will help to retain its luster.