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The Different Types of Sterling Silver: Which One is Right for You?

The Different Types of Sterling Silver: Which One is Right for You?


Few can rival the popularity and versatility of sterling silver when it comes to precious metals used in jewellery making with its unmistakable shine and durability. Among the varying forms of silver available on the market, understanding the silver content in your jewellery is vital, as it directly impacts its quality, durability, and value.

But did you know that all silver is not created equal? That's right. Different percentages of silver and types are available, each with unique properties and benefits. Whether you're a jewellery enthusiast, a first-time buyer, or someone interested in the craft, knowing about these popular types of silver can help you make an informed decision.

From real silver to purist types, in this blog, we will explore the fascinating world of sterling silver, providing you with a comprehensive guide to various types of this precious metal. As you dive into the world of sterling silver, feel free to browse our beautiful women's sterling silver jewellery collection at Lunar Moth Jewellery.

What is Sterling Silver?

The allure and timeless charm of sterling silver have captivated jewellery lovers for centuries. But what exactly is this precious metal that features so prominently in the realm of fine jewellery?

Sterling silver, also known as 925 silver, is a popular form of silver and is prized for its optimal balance of durability and beauty. The number '925' represents its composition - it's made up of 92.5% pure silver, with the remaining 7.5% typically composed of other metals, most commonly copper. This alloy is created because pure silver, while beautiful, is too soft for practical applications like jewellery making. Adding a stronger metal into the mix helps enhance silver's durability while maintaining its striking visual appeal.

So, why choose sterling silver? This form of silver is known for its lustrous shine and versatility, making it a sought-after choice for various jewellery pieces, from statement necklaces to delicate earrings. Its durability means it can withstand daily wear while retaining its beauty. Moreover, sterling silver is hypoallergenic, making it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin.

Also, sterling silver's relative affordability compared to purer types or other precious metals like gold and platinum makes it an accessible choice for many. It allows jewellery designers to offer intricate designs and pieces without prohibitively expensive costs.

Exploring Different Types of Sterling Silver

As we delve deeper into the realm of sterling silver, it's important to understand that this precious metal is not a one-size-fits-all. There are several different types of silver, each with unique characteristics, benefits, and potential downsides. In this section, we'll explore some of the popular forms: Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, Argentium Silver, and Coin Silver.

Fine Silver

Beginning with the purist type, Fine Silver is the closest to pure silver you can get, with a silver content of 99.9%. This form of silver boasts a stunning bright white lustre that is hard to match. However, its high purity also means it's soft and malleable, which can lead to scratches and dents with regular wear. Fine silver is often used in jewellery pieces such as pendants and earrings that aren't exposed to much wear and tear.

Sterling Silver

As we've already discussed, Sterling Silver is composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The alloy is more robust and durable than Fine Silver while maintaining a beautiful shine. The addition of copper does mean Sterling Silver can tarnish over time, but with proper care, its beauty can easily be preserved.

Argentium Silver

A modern innovation in the world of silver, Argentium Silver, comprises at least 92.5% silver, but instead of copper, it includes germanium, a rare and precious metal. The germanium increases tarnish resistance and offers higher durability than traditional Sterling Silver. It's also hypoallergenic and eco-friendly, making it an attractive choice for the conscious consumer.

Coin Silver

Despite its name, Coin Silver isn't used for coins but was named so because it was made from melted-down coins in the old days. It generally contains about 90% silver and 10% copper. While less common in contemporary jewellery, Coin Silver is part of the rich history of silver craftsmanship.

Guide to Choosing Your Sterling Silver

Choosing a piece of sterling silver jewellery is an exciting venture, but knowing which type of silver best suits your needs can make the process even more rewarding. The type of silver you choose should align with several key factors: your personal style, the purpose of the jewellery, and your maintenance preferences. Here's a simple guide to help you make an informed choice:

Personal Style: Your jewellery is an extension of your personality, and the type of silver you choose should mirror your style. If you love the high shine of pure silver and your style leans towards the glamorous, you prefer fine silver. However, if you're someone who prefers a more robust piece to wear daily, sterling or Argentium silver would likely be more suitable.

Purpose: The intended use of the jewellery is another critical factor. If you're looking for an everyday piece that can withstand a bit of rough handling, the durability of sterling silver or Argentium silver is ideal. However, for pieces that are worn occasionally and handled carefully, fine silver could be a beautiful choice.

Maintenance Preferences: All types of silver require some degree of maintenance to keep their shine, but some require more than others. Sterling silver, for example, can tarnish over time and will need regular polishing to maintain its lustre. On the other hand, Argentium silver is more resistant to tarnish and can be a good choice for those who prefer low-maintenance jewellery.

Introducing Sterling Silver used by Lunar Moth Jewellery

In the hands of a skilled artisan, sterling silver transforms into a piece of timeless beauty. One such artisan is Puneet, the Silver Smith and director of Lunar Moth Jewellery. With a passion for the craft that has been honed over 12 years, Puneet has an unwavering dedication to creating handmade pieces of sterling silver jewellery that speak to the heart.

At Lunar Moth Jewellery, sterling silver isn't just a material—it's a medium of storytelling and expression. Each piece that Puneet creates is a testament to the enduring allure of this precious metal, reflecting his love and respect for sterling silver.

There's a personal touch in every creation at Lunar Moth Jewellery. Their handcrafted pieces are each imbued with a palpable sense of care and quality, whether it's a delicate necklace, an intricate bracelet, or a pair of stylish earrings. Their British-made promise assures you that each piece is crafted with attention to detail, ensuring you receive a unique piece of art you can wear.

The Lunar Moth Promise: Quality and Sustainability

At the heart of Lunar Moth Jewellery lies a commitment to quality and sustainability that sets them apart in the jewellery industry. This dedication is reflected in their meticulous selection of materials, particularly their use of sterling and recycled silver.

Quality reigns supreme at Lunar Moth Jewellery. Each piece is crafted from sterling silver, a precious metal known for its durability, beauty, and hypoallergenic properties. This ensures you receive a piece that's visually stunning and long-lasting, and kind to your skin.

In addition, Lunar Moth Jewellery is passionate about sustainability, recognising that the choices they make as a company have an impact on the world around them. As part of their commitment to the environment, they use sustainably sourced materials wherever possible in their creations. By doing so, they're not just crafting beautiful jewellery, but they're also helping to reduce the environmental impact of mining new silver.

But it's not just their carefully selected materials - it's also how these pieces are made. Lunar Moth Jewellery stands proud in its handmade, British-made ethos. Every piece is handcrafted with love and care by Puneet in Nottingham, Britain. This approach not only ensures you receive a piece of jewellery that's been crafted with attention to detail but also supports local artisans and craftsmanship.

How Lunar Moth Jewellery Ensures You Choose Right

Selecting the right piece of jewellery can be daunting, especially when shopping online. That's where Lunar Moth Jewellery comes in, with their commitment to providing friendly, caring, and professional service that guides you through the process.

While they primarily operate online, they understand the value of personalised service and can arrange 1-2-1 consultations on request. Whether it's helping you understand the different types of sterling silver or assisting in choosing a piece that best matches your style and needs, Lunar Moth Jewellery is there every step of the way.

Their expertise extends beyond their exquisite product range. With years of experience in the industry, they're equipped with the knowledge to guide you in making an informed decision. Whether you're a seasoned jewellery collector or purchasing your first piece, Lunar Moth Jewellery ensures you're confident in your choice.

At Lunar Moth Jewellery, the process of selecting a piece of sterling silver jewellery is just as memorable as the piece itself. With their commitment to quality, sustainability, and exceptional customer service, they're not just selling jewellery - they're providing an experience that's personal, enjoyable, and ultimately rewarding.


The world of sterling silver is as diverse as it is captivating, and understanding the unique characteristics of its various forms is crucial to choosing the right piece of jewellery for you. Whether it's the high purity and radiant lustre of fine silver, the durability and affordability of sterling silver, the tarnish-resistant and eco-friendly Argentium silver, or the historical appeal of coin silver, each type has something unique to offer.

Choosing the right type of sterling silver can elevate your jewellery experience, matching your personal style, purpose, and maintenance preferences. And at Lunar Moth Jewellery, this choice is made even more fulfilling. With their unwavering commitment to quality, sustainability, and customer care, each piece of sterling silver jewellery is more than just an accessory—it's a testament to the beauty and versatility of this precious metal.

Puneet and the Lunar Moth Jewellery team take pride in crafting exquisite, handcrafted sterling silver pieces that are designed with love and care. Their use of sterling and recycled silver, combined with a firm commitment to providing personalised and professional service, ensures that choosing your piece is a joyous journey that ends in a cherished addition to your jewellery collection.

In the end, it's about more than just jewellery. It's about celebrating the beauty of sterling silver, the stories that it carries, and the joy it brings to those who wear it. Here's to finding your perfect piece of sterling silver jewellery!

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