How does sterling silver and brass compare when it comes to jewelry?
- Precious metal: Sterling silver is considered a precious metal. Brass is NOT. Sterling silver is made from 92.5% silver plus 7.5% copper to enhance its strength (hence the term 925 sterling silver). Its high silver content makes sterling silver a precious metal with true value.
Value: Sterling silver has a beautiful gleam, soft luster and smooth surface that puts sterling silver on equal footing with the appearance of solid gold and platinum. Sterling silver even has a place on the periodic table!
Beyond wedding and engagement rings, a high percentage of our jewelry is a mid-priced buy. Precious metals (we use 14K gold and extremely rare Rhodium) are electroplated over 925 sterling silver, therefore makes it possible to get all the benefits of a precious metal without the highest price tags that come with solid gold or solid platinum jewelry.
Skin sensitivity: Sterling silver is the purest metal because it’s mostly made from silver with only a tiny percentage of copper. This means you won't be as susceptible to reactions such as rashes or turning green!
Maintenance: Oxidation means that brass jewelry is not made for everyday wear.
Oxidation happens when brass reacts with Sulphur in the air. Salts and lotions may cause oxidation so brass rings, necklaces and earrings may result in green fingers, necks or ears on those with acidic skin.
- Skin sensitivity: Most people find they are sensitive to brass. If you usually find that you get a rash from wearing brass or often turn green from pieces, opt for sterling silver!
Brass base jewelry is more suited for occasional wear and is often coined as being "disposable jewelry." *For trendy jewelry, it serves it purpose.