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There’s something about silver that reminds us of the beach, vacation, spring break, and endless sun. It speaks a message that says tropical, carefree, and fun-loving. While we can’t stay in that perpetual state of coconut-sipping luxury, we can carry little pieces of it into reality. A pair of earrings, a funky, oversized ring, or a rope chain bracelet lift you out of the day-to-day and transport you, if even for a moment, to a sunnier, sandier place.
Trends in jewelry change and evolve-just like the rest of the fashion industry, but something about this particular metal stays current. Poke around in your jewelry box and look at your sterling pieces. While they may need a quick buff to shine off the light layer of tarnish, it’s likely that these pieces are still ready-to-wear and as stylish as the day you purchased them in a Mexican silver shop or a Jamaican market.
This season’s sterling silver jewelry styles lean towards the oversized, the bold, and the dramatic. Save the delicate designs for your yellow gold-when you are buying silver, heavy and chunky is in. And because of its superior value, you can get high-quality, well-crafted jewelry at an affordable price. For added flair, look for pieces that incorporate stones such as turquoise, tiger’s eye, coral, carnelian, or malachite.
Styles and preferences in silver accessories will vary among women according to personal style. For occasions that call for “dressy-casual,” silver is an ideal accessory. Paired with jeans, boots, and a lightweight blazer, silver takes a simple, classic combination and imparts the extra pizazz. It is equally flattering with a sleeveless sundress or a pair of linen pants and a colored t-shirt. And don’t worry about overloading-sterling silver jewelry looks great in quantity. You can easily outfit yourself with earrings, a cuff, a collar, and multiple rings without suffering from too much bling.
Even among men who don’t consider themselves “jewelry types,” silver can often gain an entrance. But with men, less is more. An oversized ring or a sterling silver ID bracelet accents a simple khakis and button-down shirt look and sets off that early summer tan. A chain necklace peeking out from the neckline of a polo is all you need give your warm-weather look the finishing touch.
When purchasing silver, seek out a reputable dealer or silver workshop. Look for the 0.925 stamp. This imprint is usually found on the inside surface of a ring or the underside of a bracelet, earring, or pendant. The 0.925 stamp guarantees that the piece is genuine sterling silver, which is an alloy comprised of 92.5% silver by weight and 7.5% other metals. Jewelry that does not bear this stamp, though silvery and shiny in appearance, is not made of genuine sterling silver and will soon be subject to deterioration and discoloration.
No matter what your location, sterling silver jewelry evokes images of vacation destinations and ocean-side cabanas. Timeless in its style and appeal, the pieces you select today will be the same accessories you love tomorrow. Brings a little of that island luxury and leisure into your daily life.
write by Devlin