The Jewelry Insider

June 1, 2010 is your source for silver jewelry information. From the origins of the silvery metal to stunning silver necklace, earring and bracelet styles, expand your mind and your jewelry box with our shining silver jewelry education section.

Silver has long been revered as a metal used to make ornaments, jewelry, high-value tableware and utensils (silverware) and currency coins. The precious metal was discovered over 6,000 years ago and was believed to have mystic qualities associated with the power of the sea, moon and lunar goddesses. While European folklore tells us that silver was used as a protector against maladies and monsters – like vampires and werewolves – today the lustrous precious metal is most notably used to create glittering, yet affordable, jewelry styles.

The earliest silver jewelry was quite crude, generally limited to rough nuggets strung together as a necklace. With the advances in extraction, purification and craftsmanship, silver jewelry has become extremely popular in fashion circles today and can be found in a variety of styles and price points. Most silver jewelry on the market is marked “Sterling Silver” or “925 Silver”. Sterling silver is 925 parts pure silver alloyed with either copper or titanium to give it more strength, while at the same time preserving the beauty of the precious metal.

Silver designs today can range from simple and elegant fine jewelry pieces, to striking and bold costume styles. And the metal is particularly popular with teens and young adults since price points are generally more affordable than jewelry with gold or platinum. So whether you’re looking for an ensemble to light up the board room, a little sparkle to help you get through that first day of school, or just a splash of style to accompany you on Girls’ Night, silver jewelry is the perfect way to bring shimmer, substance and remarkable savings to your wardrobe. Werewolves not included.

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