Fine Sterling Silver
You may have heard of Fine Silver which is jewelry that contains 99.9% pure silver and Sterling Silver which only contains only 92.5%. But what exactly is Fine Sterling Silver? The term Fine Sterling was coined by Charles Albert when he started producing his jewelry in .950 silver. The pieces weren’t pure enough to be considered Fine Silver – yet they were of a much better quality than traditional Sterling Silver. Since “fine” means “of superior quality” or “higher grade” – he uses the term Fine Sterling to indicate that his silver is a higher grade of sterling silver.
All of the silver pieces start off as tiny silver pellets. They are then melted into a long silver sheet which is used to cut out strips. Those strips are then carefully conformed to the edge of the stones. A silver counter bezel is placed inside the silver casing to hold the stones in place. Thicker sheets of silver are created to make the bales, rings shanks, and other essential pieces. There is no glue used and this tedious process is all done by hand by the most talented silversmiths. Once the stone is secured in the silver the piece is then polished, cleaned and made ready for sale.
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