Background to Silver
Silver meaning hope, kindness and unconditional love has been used in the jewellery industry throughout history. It has been used for both fashionable and glamorous silver necklaces, rings and bracelets. Silver is a very versatile, precious metal and is ideal for fine necklaces. It also complements diamonds and other valuable gemstones.
As one of the most precious metals, silver is ductile and malleable, which means it can be beaten down into sheets and is therefore perfect for making jewellery, especially silver necklaces. It also has electrical and thermal properties which makes it useful for industrial purposes.
The major watershed of silver production was the discovery of the New World 1492, which was followed with the opening of major silver mines, which lead to a worldwide production of silver. Silver has been used to carry wine and to help preserve liquids and substances from going off. Also, many batteries nowadays are manufactured with silver alloys and contain approximately 35 percent silver by weight.
As with all precious metals, silver jewellery will carry a hallmark declaring its quality and authenticity. Silver hallmarks are a valuable aid to collectors and dealers for identifying the date and maker of antique silver, and indeed any piece of silver made in England.
History of the necklace
From 2000 B.C. the Sumerian bead neck jewellery started to use alternating patterns of coloured stones and gemstones and metals such as copper or silver.
Ancient Egyptian necklaces evolved from simple stringed beads to complicated patterns and included the ‘broad collar’ and pectoral type. They were worn by both sexes, mostly royals and wealthy citizens. They were often buried with their owners when they died.
Since then however, silver necklaces are popular among all the classes. They are used as a present to loved ones for Valentine’s, Christmas, and Birthdays or just as a present for any occasion.
Silver Necklaces in General
Silver necklaces (and all other necklaces) are normally a series of one or more types of link interlocked to make a chain. Silver has a similar index to the Gold carat index. This is usually engraved into the jewellery. They range from 750 (lowest) to 999.9 (highest). Sterling silver should have 925 engraved somewhere on it.
Choosing a silver necklace
When choosing silver necklaces you should make sure that the necklace drapes along at the correct length for your personal build, height and neckline. Also making sure that it will suit your clothing you choose to wear. A silver necklace of proper length will encircle your neckline gracefully.
Caring for silver
The best way to look after your silver necklace is to wear it as it stops oxidising with the air and tarnishing. When you aren’t wearing your silver necklace keep it in a soft pouch to stop it from scratching. Avoid contact with perfume, hairspray and cleaning products in order to maintain the shine to your silver necklace.