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Buying a Sterling Silver Pearl Necklace

Buying a Sterling Silver Pearl NecklaceIf you want to buy a sterling silver pearl necklace here are some things to keep in mind.

Firstly sterling silver is not pure silver. Sterling silver is an English term that is applied to silver composed of an alloy containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. This is distinctly different to fine silver which is a minimum of 99.9 percent pure.

Sterling silver originated in England in the 13th Century, some consider it comes from the Old French esterlin. Another theory is that the word originated in Germany from the word easterling which referred to the grade of silver using in the local currency.

All sterling silver should carry a Hallmark to indicate the quality of silver as well as the year of manufacture and the city it was made.

There are many different types of pearls available and freshwater are often used with sterling silver in the form of pendants, necklaces and earrings.

Mikimoto are one of the more expensive pearls and can look very striking with sterling silver in a tasteful arrangement.

Tahitian black pearls stand out very well against sterling silver also.

Always check the hallmark on the silver to ensure it is sterling silver and not metal of a lower karat.

Check the quality of the pearl or pearls. Are they what you want? Is the price right? Does the dealer have a returns policy if you are not satisfied with the necklace?

If you are buying a Sterling Silver Pearl Necklace on line, does the dealer have contact information and can you contact them easily. Just a feedback page is insufficient. You want to be able to contact them by phone or a specific email address.

When buying online ensure that insurance is included in the shipping. Bear in mind that shipping and insurance costs add to the overall cost of the product.

Lastly, do not buy unless you find exactly what you want. You want to buy what YOU want, not what the seller wants to sell. That way when you buy a sterling silver pearl necklace you will be satisfied and have many years of enjoyment from your sterling silver pearl necklace.

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