Throughout history, silver has been valued for its bright luster and utility. Since silver is generally too soft in its purest form, it is mixed with other metals to give it durability. Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Copper gives it hardness while not dulling the silver's beautiful shine.
While sterling silver has an incomparable shine, it also has the tendency to tarnish over time. The easiest way to get rid of a dulling coat of tarnish from your silver jewelry is to polish it right away with a product designed to remove tarnish. Although wearing your sterling silver jewelry often is the best way to prevent tarnish from building up, regular cleanings, either at your local Helzberg Diamonds store or at home with a silver cleaning cloth, will prevent any dulling and keep your silver bright and sparkling.