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Better than sterling?

I was recently refreshing my knowledge on quality of jewellery for a project I am undertaking. Did you know that sterling silver is silver that is at least 92.5% pure, and the rest of it is made up of impurities?

So why would something that’s not perfect be regarded as something of great quality? Well the simple answer is that if the silver was 99.9% pure, that is ‘perfect’, then it would be too soft and not any good for making jewellery that can be properly used.

In that case, there doesn’t seem to be much functional value in being better than sterling. Don’t get me wrong, we must strive to be better today than we were yesterday, but if we focus all our our time and energy on trying to be perfect at the expense of being functional, then it doesn’t do anyone any good.