Sterling Silver is a 'precious' metal, which means it is naturally occurring and relatively rare. Not as soft, or expensive, as gold, silver is the fun, bohemian little sister.
The jewellery you wear says a lot about you, but you don't have to stick to one look. It used to be that you were either a gold person or a silver person, but the gone are the days that it's considered uncouth to wear both together. Now, mixing metals is definitely acceptable; It's totally cool to wear cheap yellow hoochy gold like Carrie from Sex and the City one day and a fist full of gypsy silver the next.
Where gold ranges from expensive, pale gold to bejewelled, decorative indian gold, silver can be minimal, arty and sophisticated or earthy, alternative and bohemian. Silver makes us think of a palms crossed with silver coins, pirates booty and gypsy charms!
Cheaper than gold, silver is more accessible. Wearing 12 gold rings is excessive, wearing a fist full of silver is awesome! Don't get us wrong, we love a bit of gold... Rose gold, especially, has had a recent resurgence, not just the metal but the colour (when iPhones get in on the action you know it's a trend!). But silver is has our heart for sure. That's why you might find the odd piece of gold at bonearrow, but silver is our girl!
As well as not turning your finger green, like plated copper jewellery can, silver actually has anti-bacterial properties. Ancient civilisations knew to keep water, wine and vinegar in silver to keep them fresh and, recently, you might have noticed even plasters have become available with silver strips. "Quite simply, silver interrupts the bacteria cell's ability to form the chemical bonds essential to its survival. These bonds produce the cell’s physical structure so when bacteria meets silver it literally falls apart." - www.silverinstitute.org
It's easy to tell real silver because by law it has to have a hallmark to be allowed to be called Sterling Silver. At the least, that's just a little 925 stamped in to the metal (on a ring its usually on the inside) by an Assay Office. If you buy from a tiny street cart jeweller in Ibiza, it might not have a hallmark but might still be silver, but its usually easy to tell silver plate, if you're not sure, just ask.
Soft enough to bend and shape, but hard enough to be strong once worked, silver is both resilient and fun to work with. And because of it's neutral colour it works with every stone and crystal, whereas gold can sometimes clash or look tacky or cheap.
These are some of the reasons we love silver, but mostly coz it's so purdy! Let us know in the comments why you love it!