Pure silver is very soft so it is commonly combined with other metals (usually copper) to produce a more durable product
Sterling silver is made up of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals
All sterling silver items should have the 925 hallmark stamp on it
To avoid damage sterling silver should be stored in its own packaging when not in use
Do not expose silver to chemicals such as bleach, perfumes, hairsprays, chlorinated water or sea water
The reason silver needs to be polished is because it tarnishes
Silver is cleaned using a silver polish cloth
Matt silver is best cleaned using a pencil eraser.