This time we will introduce silver (silver material) used in silver accessories and antique products.
Silver 925 is the most compatible with engraving.
IMULTA's silver accessories use silver 925.
This is a metal with a silver content of 92.5%, and the rest is an alloy made of copper, nickel, etc. to increase its strength.
Sterling silver is a metal that is fragile and difficult to use on a daily basis, so the silver material commonly used for silver accessories is silver 925, which is considered to be a metal suitable for everyday use due to its shine and strength.
And silver 925 is also called sterling silver.
*This is decided by the Mint.
Some people call sterling silver an alloy of only silver and copper, but this is the basics.
Metal allergy to silver products
In recent years, there are products that do not cause allergic reactions if they are nickel-free (nickel is not used in the alloy component), but since copper is used as a component, some people may experience allergic reactions.
The same is true for some people who have reactions to titanium and zirconium, which are said to be allergenic metals.
Engraving on silverware
Because of its strength, silver 925 is the most compatible metal for engraving among silver materials.
Of all the metals I have engraved, I believe that silver 925 is the metal that can produce the most beautiful engraving patterns.
It responds very easily to the hardness and the movement of the cutting edge when engraving.
Silver 950 is easy to obtain and easy to handle.
With the handmade boom in recent years, accessories using silver 950, which is easy to obtain and handle, have increased.
It is a silver alloy that is often used for ornaments and other shaped objects.
You won't notice the difference between silver925 and silver950 as to which one is more likely to darken.
Silver 900 is coin silver
It is also called coin silver because it is an alloy that was used to make coins in the past. This has a silver content of 90%.
Accessories made by crushing old silver coins may be marked as intentionally coin silver in the product description.
Therefore, it is a silver material often found in antique items.
Since it is rarely used for silver accessories, most people have probably never seen it.
The color of the accessories is also related to what they are made of, so if you are interested, it might be a good idea to check.
However, many modern silver accessories are coated with rhodium so that they don't require maintenance, so if you handle antique silver materials in the same way, you should be careful as they will get dirty in no time.
It is important to take care of any type of silver accessory.
If silver products are left exposed to air, they will quickly turn black, so it is important to take care of them.
Silver accessories can be enjoyed as a ``taste'' if they are a little dull, but if you leave them without cleaning, you won't be able to remove the dirt by gently wiping them after you finish wearing them. After you finish wearing it, take care of it by wiping it gently.