The term “Italian silver” or “Italian sterling silver” does not refer to a type of silver. Instead, it refers to its craftsmanship. Italy has a long jewelry making tradition, and its jewelry is highly valued around the world.
It is important to understand that the silver used in jewelry is not pure silver but an alloy of silver with other metallic elements. Many of the familiar terms refer to the percentage of silver in the alloy.
For instance, fine silver that we sell as chains is the closest to pure silver, containing 99.9 percent silver. It is actually not common in jewelry because it is too soft and scratches easily. We have been selling these pure silver chains for 15years and they wear very well as you don't scratch the surface on a chain.
Sterling silver, also called sterling .925 silver, is an alloy of 92.5 percent silver. Sterling silver is the recognizable bright, shiny silver and is the type that is most commonly used in jewelry. Our pendants and rings are this quality silver.
NOTE: This category also hosts a small number of native art necklaces that are made from costume jewelry materials that have feathers, shells, dreamcatchers, and some fair trade necklaces made of seeds and nuts and beads.