When you’re in the mood to find fine jewelry, give a thought to fine jewelry silver. Although gold is a good investment right now, it’s value is also sky high. Time to forget gold, when it comes to jewelry, and go with silver.
Artisans and craftspeople have been making fine jewelry from silver since the beginning of time. They learned early that pure silver was too soft to work with, but by combining it with other metals, in particular copper, the alloy is much stronger. Sterling silver – the choice for fine jewelry, is a mixture of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper.
When searching for fine jewelry silver on the web, it’s best to do a better search than just “fine jewelry silver,” for example. Look for “fine sterling silver designers” for example – that way you’ll get past the generic stuff and get right to the nitty gritty! You don’t want generic fine jewelry, you want premium stuff designed by the best in the business.
Just as there are famous fashion designers, like Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, and Gianni Versace, so there are famous jewelry designers as well. You can acquire famous pieces from past designers at various auction sites or in antique stores. However, many current designers also turn out very beautiful pieces.
Designs vary be country. In the United States, for example, sterling silver is often inlaid with turquoise in traditional Native American designs. In Mexico, silver is worked into designs that have been used by the Mayans and Aztecs. Indeed, practically every country that ever had people who were able to mine silver will have ethnic designs that are worked into modern pieces.
Then of course there is the Art Deco of the 30s and 40s, and Cubism, and the other art movements.
In short, if you’d like to have a certain look, there’s some fine silver jewelry, somewhere, that will provide the look you want.