The word “silver” comes from a very evocative Greek term: αργός “ shining, white“. The man discovers and admires him since the beginning of time, using it for precious ornaments and tools. Over the centuries silver has been considered the second most precious metal, after gold. It was loved and admired by the ancient Lords of the past: the Egypt of the pharaohs, the America of pre-Columbian civilizations, the empires and kingdoms of Europe , the civilizations of the East.
For its history and its preciousness, silver is associated with important religious, alchemical and cosmological symbols. In particular, silver recalls the Moon, with its pure white light, along with many lunar deities. In Buddhism silver represents the second of the seven treasures, and it’s a symbol of virtue.
Silver is precious, everyone knows it. But if we discover its properties, we realize that it is even more precious than we thought. We have listed here some characteristics of the silver we use.
HYPOALLERGENIC. It does not cause any allergies and we guarantee that our silver is “Nickel Free”.
NATURAL ANTIBACTERIAL. Everybody knew that in the past centuries: silver is a very powerful antibacterial. Today silver is used in the composition of medical bandages and creams.
PRECIOUS MATERIAL. Silver is a noble and precious metal: it has always been admired by all the great civilizations of history. It is no coincidence that the ancient coniators forged silver coins.
STRONG. There is some news: bad and good. What’s good: silver alloyed with other materials has good strength. What’sbad: with strong impact bumps Silver can break. What’s very good: if a Feel No Pain jewel get broken, we guarantee the replacement.
BRILLIANT. Lunar symbol, has white and light reflections. Polished, has a strong and fascinating reflective effect.
NON-MAGNETIC. It is typical of gold and noble metals: they are totally non-magnetic. If you want to check if a jewel is in true Silver, just approach a powerful magnet to the jewel.
EASY TO CLEAN. Silver, like other noble metals, in contact with some substances present in the atmosphere can oxidize slightly, but this layer can be eliminated with the right procedures and some specific products (and that’s easy). Right below, under “Maintenance”, we’ll show you how to do it.
Silver is a material that needs special care to avoid the effects of natural blackening that may occur on its surface.
Silver is noble metal. The so-called blackening is due to a surface reaction of the metal with some sulfur derivatives present in the atmosphere. Below that layer, your silver is unaltered. So, do not worry.
These effects are completely normal. Can they be avoided? Yes, they can, and we’ll tell you how.
– Avoid washing your hands wearing your ring. When you take it off, put it in a suitable place (our packaging, for example).
– Avoid keeping your ring in contact with plastic . Some people (few, fortunately) put plastic bracelets and silver bracelets together with the result of quickly blackening silver. Just keep your noble metals away from plastic.
There are other enemies of the silver shine. All you have to do is keep them away.
X Cooking salt, eggs and seasonings. If a ring falls into your salad, don’t salt it. Seriously, the salt does not have a nice effect, so if you have to cook, take off all your rings.
X Perfumes. Do not spray them on silver.
X Felt or Deerskin. No, no and again no. We saw jewels wrapped in felt with our eyes. They damage the surface of silver and our hearts of artists-craftsmen. Do not do it with our jewels, please.
X Sea water. We know: what could be more beautiful than diving into the Greek sea with our Spartan ring on the finger and a silver necklace that shines in the sun? But it is better to avoid that: sea water is salty (see Salt *), then remove everything before launching yourself into the waves.
X Sweat. Do not worry, you can easily wear your silver rings on all occasions. But it is important to remove them before sporting activity: in addition to avoiding oxidation, keep away the risk of losing them or hurting yourself.
What if the jewel turns black? You can stay quiet: the oxide is only a surface layer of deposit that can be easily removed with products you can find anywhere. The silver alloy will remain intact, always.
AVOID POLISHING RHODIUM JEWELRY (see RHODIUM section)
The Rhodium is one of the most expensive materials in the world , more rare and expensive than Gold and Platinum. Of this material there are no real mines but it is extracted from the by-product of the extraction of Platinum and Nickel.
We have lots of customers who are literally in love with rhodium plating . What’s this? It is a galvanic process, that is, a technique that we use to coat a metal with an electrolytic deposition.
Clear? No. In simpler words, with this procedure we make sure that a precious material is deposited on the surface of the silver jewel in the order of Micron: this makes the metal very bright and has a protective function to tarnishing and wear.
What do we get? We obtain a beautiful object very similar to white gold , protected against blackening and scratches. Moreover, unlike the Nikel (used long ago), the rhodium is totally hypoallergenic.
Galvanic rhodium plating does not change the physical properties of the silver alloy in any way and is usually very resistant to time and wear . The surface of rhodium-plated objects is highly resistant to abrasion and accidental scratches.
But BE CAREFUL. There’s one important thing you need to know:
being a deposition material , although using the best process now available to us, this material over time will tend to be eliminated from the surface, due to common use and usury.
Almost all rhodium lovers usually restore this surface layer once in a while to keep the jewel always bright and new.
The Rhodium process does not affect the Silver League in any way. If you decide that you want to go back to having only silver without any type of superficial Rhodium the procedure is very simple!
Remember never to ever clean your Rhodium jewels with abrasive cloths or silver polishing products! By doing so you would eliminate the protective layer. We at Feel No Pain will give you all the information you need, simple to follow, to keep your rhodium-plated jewel in the best possible condition.
We guarantee the best production processes to always guarantee the highest quality.
What can you choose? You can choose between two rhodium, here they are:
CLASSIC RHODIUM: using the classic rhodium procedure to obtain a brilliant jewel, with a color similar to silver and a slightly whiter veil.
BLACK RHODIUM: beautiful, chosen by many. It is a brilliant black surface, for a unique and mysterious style.
After being worked in the laboratory, silver receives a strong rhodium plating that protects the jewel from scratches. The rhodium plating process is complicated from a technological point of view, because it requires certain conditions to occur, but it is the best way to lengthen the life of a jewel and is particularly important for jewelry that is worn every day < /strong>. This metal is also hypoallergenic , in case you have sensitive skin.
We at Feel No Pain use Pure 925 Silver (Lega certified by law), which is made of 925 parts of silver and 75 of any other metal, to make the silver malleable and hard at the right point to create our jewelry.
The purest alloy 999, on the other hand, is used only for the production of Lingotti as it is so ductile and malleable that it is impossible to make jewelery.
This indication called title is by law inserted into an oval punch, and is inserted on all our jewels to show the quality and purity of silver used.
In addition to this punch there is a second punch that certifies the competent goldsmith who will guarantee with his initials registered on the jewel created.
Legislative Decree 22 May 1999, n. 251
The precious metals considered for the purpose of this decree are the following: platinum, palladium, gold and silver.
1. The precious metals and their alloys must bear the title in thousandths of the content and the identification mark, according to what is prescribed by the rules contained in the following articles.
2. The use of identification marks other than those established by this decree is prohibited.
1. The title of the precious metal contained in the object must be expressed in thousandths.
2. The legal titles to guarantee fusion, for each part of the objects, are the following:
for platinum, 950, 900 and 850 thousandths;
for palladium, 950 and 500 thousandths;
for gold, 750, 585, 375 thousandths;
for silver, 925 and 800 thousandths
Legislative decree N.251 of 22 May 1999 sets the thousandths allowed in Italy for the processing of silver.
The allowed securities are 800/000 and 925/000; the same decree allows the processing of precious metal even in thousandths higher (but not inferior) from those established, an example is the punching to the title 835/000.
What does the punching denote and what are the differences between the 800/000 silver and the 925/000 silver?
For silver 800/000 it is meant that on one thousand metal parts, 800 are in silver and 200 in copper alloy; in the same way 925/000 designates that out of a thousand parts of metal, 925 are in silver and 75 in copper alloy.
In Italy the silver alloys and the relative punches are regulated by the D.L. 251/99 of 22 May 1999. The titles envisaged are 925, 835 and 800, and are engraved within an oval on the object created in the respective league.