Silver jewellery – timeless appeal
Whilst gold and platinum may be the kings of the jewellery world, silver jewellery retains its popularity with both jewellers and buyers alike. There’s something about the shine, clean lines and setting contrasts that makes silver a great metal to work with.
Silver jewellery design
Jewellers have been designing with silver for hundreds of years, and today’s contemporary designers benefit from experience gained not just in working the silver, but in combining it with other metals to make it more workable. Silver is a naturally soft metal, so in order for silver jewellery to be hard-wearing, pure silver is often alloyed with copper. This produces sterling silver, and the quality of jewellery made with this quality material is overseen in the UK by the assay office. It takes years to learn how to work silver effectively, and many designers have studied jewellery design on specialist courses across the UK or overseas. The silver jewellery they produce reflects the skill and creativity needed to create timeless pieces.
Silver jewellery for all occasions
One of the most appealing things about silver jewellery is that it can be worn at any time. Gold and jewellery with heavy stone settings are often more appropriate for evening wear, but classic silver jewellery can add interest to jeans and a shirt as well as a touch of class to an evening dress or business suit. Jewellers use many techniques when designing and making silver jewellery and the size of the piece along with the complexity of the design may help you to decide what you want, and when you want to wear it:
- Shaping – silver is fairly malleable, so it can be shaped into intricate designs, such as Celtic knots and contemporary patterns. Shaping is a delicate task, however, so when you choose a complex piece of silver jewellery, take the time to look at the shaping and admire the craft of the jeweller.
- Piercing – pierced silver jewellery is incredibly effective – particularly in wide bangles which show off the piercing skill. Any piercing must be done before the jewellery is shaped, leading to the danger of the silver breaking or twisting during shaping.
- Soldering – the jewellery designer may have chosen to make your silver jewellery from several different pieces of silver, fusing them together to make the piece. This is a difficult job and the design has to be both functional and comfortable to wear.
Silver jewellery from Something Elegant
At Something Elegant, we believe in offering a range of silver jewellery so that our customers have an excellent choice. From everyday silver necklaces to beautiful sets of necklaces, bracelets and earrings, there’s sure to be something beautiful on our site that attracts your attention. Browse online and buy today or use our order hotline on 08450 940925.