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Fine Silver Vs Sterling Silver

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I have started to use fine silver as element in my jewellery as either to compliment the polymer clay or as a piece in itself. I use sterling silver for design elements too but also for chains, hooks, studs too. All Sterling Silver and Fine Silver design elements are handmade by me.

So what is the difference between the two?

Fine Silver- Fine silver is pure silver. Fine silver is 99.999% silver, it is more expensive because it is purer.

Fine silver earrings with floral embossed pattern.
Fine Silver Earrings- Sterling Silver Hooks

Sterling Silver- Sterling silver is 92.5% silver. So that is why you will see 925 sterling silver products in stores. The 7.5% is another metal usually copper or zinc. So its a little cheaper for this reason.

Sterling silver is a bit stronger than fine silver which is why is used for more delicate areas like chains and hooks.

Blue marble polymer clay necklace with textured sterling silver over lay
Polymer Clay Necklace with Sterling Silver Overlay

Polymer clay earrings. One with a sterling silver over lay, the other with embossed fine silver top circle. Both with sterling silver hooks.

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