The difference between sterling silver and fine silver

Generally speaking, sterling silver contains 92.5% pure silver and the rest (7.5%) is made of copper, nickel or zinc. This is why you often see “925” stamped on sterling silver jewellery. Fine silver has silver content of 99.9% and is often considered too soft to be used in jewellery. I take extra steps to make my fine silver pieces harder by tumbling in rock tumbler and hammering where appropriate. Necklace charms and ring tops are often made of thick fine silver so that they can bear everyday wear. I also combine fine silver and sterling silver in most pieces – for example, necklace chain, ring shanks and earrings hooks are all sterling silver at Swallow Jewellery. fine silver allergy proof?


Silver metal clay pieces ready for kiln firing

Many people who believe that they are allergic to gold or silver jewelry are actually allergic to nickel. This is not always the case but nickel is certainly the most common one. As mentioned above, most pieces sold at Swallow Jewellery combine both sterling and fine silver so if you have allergies or sensitivities, you may still have a reaction. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me before you buy so I may be able to accommodate your needs.


If you are curious about why I use fine silver, check out this blog post about silver metal clay.


Got a question? Please feel free to ask in the comment section below!




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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Maria (Monday, 25 November 2019 11:26)

    Hello, I saw your booth in Langley in the business displays
    I am interested in your jewellry, but I am sensitive to nickel in most jewellry. Do you have any pieces especially earings..that contain min amount of nickel. and if so do you have any other designs than whats on the website. I saw a few more styles on display..but don't remember exacty what they looked like
    Thank you

  • #2

    Shoko (Wednesday, 27 November 2019 09:44)

    Hi Maria, thank you for posting your question here. We use nickel-free silver so you should be safe with our pieces. We do have quite a bit more earrings than what's posted on our shop page.

    If you can take a look at our Facebook or Instagram pages, you'll see a lot more. Please feel free to email us ( with some screenshots and you can certainly order that way. We'll also be back on the Mainland in December for the Make It Show which will be at PNE Forum, Dec 11-15. We hope to connect with you soon!