Sterling silver everyone knows the term, but where does it actually come from and is there a difference to pure silver If so, what is the difference? A brief explanation to get you started: Pure silver in its natural form is not suitable for making jewellery, it is just too soft. Sterling silver refers to the common alloy of silver and another metal, usually copper. So analogous to you maybe more familiar en gold alloys. The name can be traced back to the English penny, the so-called Sterling or Easterling. Its composition of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metal still serves as a template for our jewelry today.
Similar to gold mining, silver mining often involves the exploitation of workers and devastating environmental consequences. That's why we at Maren Jewelery have consciously decided to only use recycled silver from Germany since the company was founded. We still stand behind this decision with the utmost conviction. On the one hand, of course, for the social and ecological reasons mentioned, but on the other hand because the recycled metal is in no way inferior to the newly mined metal. We are the best proof that recycled 925 silver is higher quality, more sustainable and more beautiful silver jewellery can be manufactured.