When it comes to precious metals that never go out of vogue, sterling silver categorically takes the crown. With origins in continental Europe, it’s been adored by jewellers for centuries. From fashioning bespoke engagement rings for French princesses to creating custom one-of-a-kind red carpet worthy bands for Hollywood starlets, sterling silver has never lost its allure. In fact, it was even used as a 12th century currency in both areas of Europe and Colonial America.
With its brilliant white shine, sterling silver is always a favourite with contemporary designers. For ladies who love to change up their looks from season to season, this means that there’s always an exciting new line-up of designs to choose from. From simple yet stunning pieces like this high shine Atomic Criss Cross Ring to chunky crystal encrusted bands like this Constellations Square Stacking CZ Ring, there’s sterling silver jewellery for every mood, occasion and look.
For a touch of sparkle with a distinctly rebellious edge, sterling silver has been used to craft this bold Wave Pave Crystals Open Ring. Luxurious by design, the ring wraps around two fingers to double the shine factor. Tiny glittering white cubic zirconia stones encrust the sterling silver band to create an unabashed finger adornment. This style has made a big splash on the red carpet as of late, with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Beyoncé all stepping out in shimmering sterling silver cuff rings.
One of the biggest trends of the decade, metal mixing has definitively made its mark in the modern jewellery landscape. Sterling silver plays a keynote role in the trend, with its stunning white shine bridging the gap between the pink hues of rose gold, the rich tones of yellow gold, and the dramatic darks of oxidised metals. As a neutral colour, sterling silver pairs well with all other precious metals. This means pieces can be worn alone, or layered, stacked and built to create an utterly unique statement look.
As well as pairing sterling silver rings with other metals, it also looks striking when set off by other materials. From lustrous freshwater pearls as featured in this cuff style Pearl and Pear Facetted Open CZ Ring to precious gemstones like turquoise, its silvery shine pairs perfectly with any embellishment.
Strong by nature
While pure silver is soft and malleable, sterling silver is armed with extra strength in the form of a copper alloy. This means it’s easy for jewellers to create intricate designs, that won’t snap, band or lose their shape. For example, the skinny band, sharp angles and trending wrap around design of this Arrow Open Cuff Ring just wouldn’t have been possible with pure silver. Yet when crafted with sterling silver, the piece is more than capable of standing up to everyday wear and tear.
Thanks to its intrinsic strength, sterling silver is a fantastic choice for ladies in search of jewellery that will stand the test of time. When it comes to wedding and engagement rings, nothing’s quite as durable or affordable as sterling silver. For brides in search of sterling silver rings to complement their gowns, this Oval Opal Circle Ring is an exquisite choice. Featuring sparkling cubic zirconia stones set in a polished sterling silver band, it will not only look magnificent in photos, but can be passed on for generations to come.
Accessories with power
More than simply a precious metal, sterling silver is coveted for its powerful properties. Ancient civilisations believed silver had healing powers, with the ability to fight infections and diseases. New Age healers are also ardent believers in the power of silver, and covet the precious metal for its ability to actively flush negative energies out of the body. For this reason, you’ll see plenty of A-listers like Madonna rocking sterling silver rings. Not only do they look gorgeous, but some people believe they lift the mood, and attract positive energies.
Team these properties with commanding shapes like triangles, and sterling silver rings make for an incredibly powerful accessory. Traditionally associated with strength, magic, wonder and creativity, triangles are powerful symbols. With its polished sterling silver band, glittering cubic zirconia stones and dual triangle studs on either side of the cuff, this Triangle Spike Open Ring makes a ‘rock chic’ statement, backed with intrinsic meaning.
From classic designs to ‘avant garde’ statement pieces, sterling silver rings come in a kaleidoscope of styles. Yet whatever look you choose to flaunt, sterling silver comes with an innate guarantee of strength, versatility, and superlative shine.