From ancient Mayans to contemporary ‘it’ girls, sterling silver bracelets have been mesmerising wearers for thousands of years. The precious metal is loved for its bright lustre, and looks just as stunning as its gold, white gold and platinum counterparts. Yet thanks to its availability, its far more affordable than other precious metals on the market. This means that when it comes to embracing new trends and experimenting with unorthodox styles, sterling silver is the metal of choice for both jewellers and wearers alike.
Exceptional Durability While pure silver is soft and malleable, sterling silver is noticeably stronger. Thanks to the addition of a 7.5% copper alloy, the precious metal resists scratches, retains its shape and is strong enough to cast jewellery with. This durable characteristics make it the precious metal of choice for jewellers fashioning intricate designs, like this delicate Single Strand CZ Strand Bracelet. If the same piece was crafted from pure silver, it would likely snap or bend. Yet thanks to the use of sterling silver, the on-trend ‘skinny’ design is hardwearing.
On-Trend Staying Power Sterling silver may be the most resplendent of all precious metals, but it’s also one of the most affordable. This means that it’s easy to stay up to date with all the latest seasonal trends, without spending a fortune. Jewellers tend to experiment less with gold and platinum, as they’re more expensive metals. The same goes for wearers. Instead, sterling silver steps up as an affordable option.
Styles are continually changing, with most new designs and concepts almost always available in sterling silver. The strength and durability of sterling silver also make it easy for jewellers to experiment with new designs and ‘avant garde’ concepts like this Double Strand CZ Slide Bracelet. A chic take on traditional string bands, it’s a casual yet elegant statement piece. The Allobar Crystal Cuff Bangle is another trending piece, with celebrities such as Kendall Jenner seen stepping out in similar designs. With its straight edge twist on the traditional rounded bangle shape, it’s a contemporary statement piece. Wear it alone, or pair with other sterling silver bracelets for a layered look.
Precious Metals Play The affordability of sterling silver necklaces makes it easy to dress looks up or down. For example, some ladies may have a base look anchored by a diamond engagement ring. Sterling silver necklaces allow wearers to experiment with different looks, and build a new aesthetic around their staple pieces. The subtle white sheen makes sterling silver interchangeable with other metals, a look that was popularised by Cartier’s iconic ‘Trinity’ band. Essentially, sterling silver necklaces can be used to create a whole new look, for a fraction of the cost of other precious metals.
Superlative Shine When it comes to shine factor, no other precious metal outperforms sterling silver. In fact, sterling silver boasts such a beautiful sheen that it’s the precious metal of choice for high-end designers like Tiffany & Co. For those who want to recreate the trademark Tiffany shine without the Manhattan price tag, simple pieces like this Silver Crystal Constellations Bangle are a refined choice.
When paired with sparkling diamonds or cubic zirconia stones, the effect of sterling silver is nothing short of stunning. The ‘sparkle on sparkle’ look is perfected in this CZ Crossover Bangle featuring a trio of orbital intersecting bands, encrusted with shimmering cubic zirconia stones.
Wellness Outside and In More than meets the eye, sterling silver has been treasured by ancient civilisations for thousands of years. Why? Because the precious metal is supposedly blessed with a host of healing powers. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Celtics and Mayans all believed that silver had magical properties that fast-tracked healing, warded off evil spirits and bought good luck to its wearer.
Silver is also proven to have conductive properties. New Age healers believe that these can have a positive impact on channelling the body’s energies. According to believers, silver can flush away negative energies, as well as channel the positive energy of other minerals into the wearer.
Retaining Brilliance of Your Sterling Silver Bracelets Due to the addition of 7.5% copper, sterling silver is prone to tarnishing. Thankfully it’s a non-issue, as all OnebyOne sterling silver jewellery is plated in white rhodium which will never tarnish. Your bracelets may need a quick soak in warm water and detergent then a wipe with a sift cloth to remove make-up or accumulated grime - they will never need polishing!