Sterling Canyon went shopping last weekend at a large department store, and snooping around in the jewelry department I wondered if their Sterling Silver jewelry was real. What I mean by real is is the necklace solid Sterling Silver or Sterling plated? Hard to tell by holding it. It was a beautiful necklace to be sure. On the inside corner, the number 925 was stamped. That means that the necklace is Sterling Silver or contains some amount of Sterling. Sterling Silver is composed of 92.5% Silver and 7.5% copper. There are variances in this formula, replacing the copper with Boron, Zinc, or Platinum. This in an attempt to reduce tarnish or lessen firescale.
Sterling Canyon sticks with the standard copper recipe and most of the jewelry in our catalog has a coating of Rhodium, which in itself inhibits tarnish. Rhodium is a derivative of Platinum and adds strength and resilience to the face of the metal. The jewelry in our catalog is solid Sterling. If you shop at a department store, chances go up that the jewelry you buy is Sterling Silver plated. It is cheaper and more attractive to the price conscience shopper. You get what you pay for don’t you? To be sure, you can take your department store bought Sterling Silver pendant home and scratch it. If there is a different color metal underneath, its plated. But then you just ruined a pretty piece of jewelry. You lose either way.