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What is 925 and S925?

About the Material
925 refers to the blend of 92.5% silver and 7.5% of one or more alloy metals, most often copper. This variant tends to be the most popular due to its durability and ability to work well for sensitive skin. 

 Pure silver is a very soft material, being so delicate it can easily bend or break without the blending of another stronger metal. The blending can also help to brighten the appearance of the product.
 Silver strongly reacts to chemicals and environmental factors, including humidity and natural skin oils. Pure silver can drastically darken when exposed to these factors, however with an alloy blend there is still the possibility that the jewelry can turn your fingers green. When the silver begins to become tarnished, changes colour slightly, it can easily be polished back to its original state. 
 There is still fraud in the 925 market, so we thought it would be helpful to highlight what you can look out for so you know when you have bought the good stuff.
What to look out for...

What to look out for...

The Stamp
All most all sterling silver items have a stamp that tells the buyer that the product is the real thing. The engraved stamp either shows '925', 'S925' or 'Ster' and is often hidden in an inconspicuous place, like the inner band of a ring or the back of an earring. 
Look, Feel and Smell
The item should be a little cold but warm when you press on the surface. It should also feel pretty solid, with a good weight and no odour. Fake silver tends to be quite light and very smooth, indicators that the jewelry could be hollow. If there is a brassy, metallic smell, the item is likely fake.
Colour Testing
When exposed to air or worn for a while, 925 silver can turn to a darker or blackish colour that only simply need to be polished in order for it to return to it's natural colour. For fake silver, it will turn an orange/green colour and cannot be polished, as well as becoming rough on the surface. 
Rub Testing
Using a soft, white cloth, rub your piece to check the surface. Black marks on the cloth indicates genuine sterling silver. The reason for this is linked to the oxidization process that silver goes through when exposed to air and it's environment, causing a tarnish to be left on the cloth. 
The Stamp
All most all sterling silver items have a stamp that tells the buyer that the product is the real thing. The engraved stamp either shows '925', 'S925' or 'Ster' and is often hidden in an inconspicuous place, like the inner band of a ring or the back of an earring. 
Look, Feel and Smell
The item should be a little cold but warm when you press on the surface. It should also feel pretty solid, with a good weight and no odour. Fake silver tends to be quite light and very smooth, indicators that the jewelry could be hollow. If there is a brassy, metallic smell, the item is likely fake.
Colour Testing
When exposed to air or worn for a while, 925 silver can turn to a darker or blackish colour that only simply need to be polished in order for it to return to it's natural colour. For fake silver, it will turn an orange/green colour and cannot be polished, as well as becoming rough on the surface. 
Rub Testing
Using a soft, white cloth, rub your piece to check the surface. Black marks on the cloth indicates genuine sterling silver. The reason for this is linked to the oxidization process that silver goes through when exposed to air and it's environment, causing a tarnish to be left on the cloth. 

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 Something to be wary of is that 'S925' can also refer to Chinese Silver, which is a nickel or copper material with a silver coating. The same stamp can also indicate the item is Scandinavian Silver, with is pure 92.5% silver. Legitimate stamps are easily visible, clean cut and have a professional finish.

At halfway there.. we aim to sell mostly 925 and S925 silver jewelry that is specially sourced from well-trusted wholesalers. Occasionally we do come across styles that aren't consistent with being 925, but we love to style so much we feel we should share it with you anyway. If this is the case, we will ensure to enclose the material used for the item. Check out our beautiful jewelry and accessory collections through the button above.