There are differences between different precious metals as there are with stones. Silver or Sterling Silver are also among these modern day precious metals that are widely used in various shapes and forms. Although most people consider them to be the same, the facts are different. Usually, when we talk about Silver jewelry, this is usually made of 99.9 pure silver. This means it is more expensive and is considered much more valuable in different forms of jewelry. One downside of pure silver is that its quite delicate as it is considered a softer metal and therefore anything made out of it is to be handled with a lot of care. Usually delicate design jewelry made out of pure silver is not very long lasting as it may break easily.
On the other side, wearing silver jewellery made out of sterling silver usually implies that they contain 92.5% silver and the rest of it comprises of different alloys and metals. Sterling Silver jewelry is cheaper yet stronger due to the addition of other metals which act as enforcing agents in the construction. This gives the makers greater ability to do far more with Sterling Silver then with pure silver. A vast lineup of house ware and tableware use sterling silver including, knives, forks, spoons etc.
Due to the inclusion of metals, these pieces overtime may start to show signs of smudging and lose their shimmery shiny splendor. However, these can be easily fixed by using cotton with specific silver polishes which can restore them to their former glittery form. Even if polish is not available due to any reason, you could simply use water with cotton to rub them clean and you would immediately notice a difference from their prior condition. In case you have silverware that is not being used often and stays put in the shelves, you could also start to see such smudging effect on them due to the environmental elements.