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Pure silver can be combined with different types of metals to fashion objects, and sterling silver is made by combining pure silver with copper. Jewelry with the .925 stamp means that the metal is sterling silver that is composed of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. This combination has been found to be effective in maintaining silver's durability without diminishing its luster. Proper care of your silver jewelry may help maintain the beauty of your beloved pieces for years to come. Do not let your silver jewelry come into contact with harsh household chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, or chlorine. It is also best practice to take off any jewelry before playing sports or going to the gym. When you are not wearing your jewelry, store them in a soft pouch or lined jewelry box to avoid accidentally damaging your jewelry. Since sterling silver is prone to tarnish as it naturally reacts with sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the air, it is important to regularly clean your silver jewelry to help maintain its luster. If you notice any discoloration, use a soft anti-tarnish cloth to remove the tarnish.