Composition

There are quite a few different types of silver, but most silver earrings are made of sterling silver.  Below we will discuss the different types of silver earrings:

​Fine Silver (.999) Earrings

 

Pure silver is .999 and is referred to as "Fine Silver".  Fine silver is rarely used for silver earrings because it is too soft, so silver is most often mixed with other alloys most prominently copper. 

Sterling Silver (.925) Earrings

Sterling silver is by far the most common type of silver used in silver earrings.  The 7.5% copper hardens the silver alloy and makes it ideal for constructing silver earrings.

Sterling Silver (.925) Earrings with Rhodium

Sterling silver earrings alloyed with rhodium help prevent tarnish and more often used with higher end earrings containing diamonds and gemstones.

Silver Plated Earrings

Silver plated earrings use a cheap base metal and line the cheaper metal with a thin layer of silver.  Silver plated earrings have a much greater chance of tarnishing and breaking, and the silver content is very small.

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