Silver earrings are one of the oldest forms of earrings yet are still elegant, functional, and classic today.  Learn the history of silver earrings, various styles, and even how to value your own silver earrings.

Silver Earring

Silver earrings are typically not 100% silver, but rather "sterling silver", which is 92.5% silver and 7.5% another alloy.  Sterling silver is one of the most commonly used metals for earrings.

Sterling silver earrings are often alloyed with copper, ensuring a stronger alloy metal so the earrings aren't too soft and bend.  Jewelers can craft silver earrings into almost any design because silver is soft and malleable, and has many properties of gold.


Silver earrings might also be afixed with diamonds or gemstones to enchance the beauty of the earrings.  Silver earrings are popular with both women and men.  Men typically wear hoop earrings while women wear many different styles including dangling earrings.  Silver cross earrings are also popular religious pieces of jewelry.

Silver Earrings can range from about $15 to thousands of dollars depending upon whether diamonds or gemstones are encrusted or dangling.  The raw value of the silver content within a silver earring varies depending upon the metal (1) weight and (2) silver purity​

Silver historically has been valued between 12 to 16 times the value of gold.  This is commonly referred to as the "silver/gold ratio".  These ratios go all the way back to Roman times 2,000 years ago.  Nowadays silver is a lot cheaper than gold which makes silver earrings extremely popular.

Continue to Brief History, or jump to a section below:

1.  Brief History

2.  Composition

3.  Types & Styles

4.  Value Your Silver Earrings