Pure silver (99.9%) is called Fine Silver.
Sterling Silver is an alloy containing 92.5% Fine Silver and 7.5% Copper.
With the exception of our new Leather Chic Range all of the jewellery on this website is either Fine Silver, Sterling Silver or a combination of both.
Sterling Silver tends to be stronger and is therefore more suitable for thinner applications where strength is required without bulk for example chains, cufflink fittings, earring posts and hookwires.
When an item is hallmarked it can only bear the mark of the lowest grade of metal. Therefore a pair of cufflinks with fine silver tops and sterling silver fittings will be hallmarked as sterling silver.
An item of jewellery with 925 or 999 stamped on it is not hallmarked. A hallmark can only be applied by an Assay Office and comprises of a number of different symbols from which you can tell the Maker, the type and purity of the metal, the Assay Office and the year in which it was marked. It is your guarantee that the item you are purchasing is what you think it is.
Legally, items over 7.78g of silver require hallmarking or they can not be described as silver.