By Alexa Erickson
Silver is a staple in home decor and fashion. From flatware and plates to platters and jewelry, silver is everywhere. The silver you know and love is broken into two categories: sterling silver and pure silver. Sterling silver is a combination of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent alloy (usually made of copper or zinc), while any item made of fine silver is made of 99.9 percent pure elemental silver. (Real silver is usually stamped with a marker like "999" or ".999" or "99.9" to indicate that it’s 99.9 percent silver.)
This guide will teach you techniques for how to clean silver, both pure and sterling. You’ll also learn the best tips for caring for silver, and how to keep it from tarnishing so you can keep your silver treasures safe and clean.