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Irecrafts  "The irish store
We are retailers and manufacturers of irish jewelry & gifts based in Galway, Ireland, the home of the Claddagh ring. Customer satisfaction is our top priority and we aim to be as hospitable and friendly as the renowned people of Galway. We hope to deal with your transaction as efficiently and quickly as possible. Our 30-day return policy gives you the peace of mind that if for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase you can return it to us for a full refund. See our customer feedback. Out of tens of thousands of international customers. Over 99% are happy with their purchase! We offer the widest selection and highest quality range of hand-crafted irish Jewelry and Gifts in the world. All at the lowest prices representing value for money. You will not find any of our items cheaper anywhere! Please see our Best Price Guarantee for more information. A family run online & storefront business, We have a store in Dunguaire castle, County Galway, Ireland. Each item we sell is carefully crafted by craftspeople who take great pride in their work. Our aim is simple. To offer customers the best quality irish produce at the lowest prices while providing top quality customer service. We achieve this by constantly negotiating prices with our suppliers to ensure that we can give the best deal to our customer while running a highly efficient business, monitoring our performance to maintain an excellent service for our customers.Through your purchases, you support many irish business, helping to keep irish culture and design alive.

     

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 Silver 24 hour US$ New York spot price per ounce 

As at November 2010, silver is trading at its highest since 1980 

What is Sterling Silver?

Fine silver (99.9% pure) is generally too soft for producing jewelry .This grade of silver is used to make bullion bars for international commodities trading. So, a silver alloy called Sterling Silver is set as the standard for "Silver" Jewelry. Sterling silver is a mix of metals, an alloy of Silver & Copper usually, Comprising at least 92.5% silver and the rest copper, copper is preferred over another metal since it toughens the alloy without detracting from the bright shine of silver. It is identified by the numbers 925 stamped into it, for 92.5% pure silver. 

For thousands of years, people have been captivated by the splendor of silver. Silver is the whitest color of any metal, it outshines white gold and platinum. However, As with all jewelry, silver jewelry requires care, maintenance and cleaning. Silver will tarnish over time (Unless its coated in white gold), you will want to care for and clean your silver jewelry before the tarnish becomes advanced. Tarnish starts as a yellow tone, and can advance to a blackish purple coating that proves very hard to remove.

 

Advice on caring your your silver jewelry:  

 

  • Keep silver away from sulfurous material, sulfur is silver's main corrosive agent.
  • Keeping your silver jewelry in an airtight velvet case or something comparable will help keep corrosive agents from contacting the silver. Another good idea is to simply store the silver in an air tight bag.
  • Remove silver jewelry before bathing, cleaning, gardening, or any other activity which could cause the silver to come in contact with foreign agents.
  • Do not expose your silver jewelry to cosmetics, hair spray or perfumes as these items may cause spotting, sometimes permanently.
  • Remove silver chains before sleep. They may kink or even break.
  • Use a jewelry polishing cloth periodically to keep tarnish from accumulating.
  • Do not scrub silver with a course brush as it will scratch the metal surface.
  • Regular care and maintenance of your silver jewelry is a simple task which will keep it shining beautifully forever.

 

Silver Facts

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Silver is the whitest color of any metal, therefore it gives off the most shine. More than white gold and platinum.

When silver is found it is silver in color and is generally in a solid form

Silver jewelry was a significant indicator of status until the very end of the 18th century, because it was limited to a privileged few. It was the Industrial Revolution, through mass manufacturing, which finally made jewelry available to the general population

Silver is a dental alloy and used to be used in cavity fillings. Now dentists have clear fillings that do not contain silver.

Silver can be eaten, although it is not advised. In India, food can be found decorated with a thin layer of silver, known as Varak.
 
Silver is a proven eliminator of odours

Mirrors and batteries use silver
 
Silver is so malleable that it can be pounded to a thinness of 6/10000 of a millimetre. Also, since silver is very ductile, a single ounce of the stuff can be stretched into a wire over 48km long!!


Silver is used to represent the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.
 

Silver necklaces were placed around children's' necks in ancient china in hope of warding of evil spirits.


There is 1,740,000 metric tons of silver discovered in the world up to the year 2007.


Silver was used to protect from bacteria and germs since the time of Chinese emperors.
 

Silver has the most thermal and electrical conductivity of all the metal elements.


Silver is thought to be one of the very first metals ever used by the human race.
 

Silver's density is 10.5g/cm cubed.


40% of silver goes to photographic film.
 

The element silver has medical uses also. Hippocrates wrote that silver had healing power. Silver compound were used in World War I because medicines were not yet invented. The silver was used to prevent infection in the war. Silver was not used to prevent infection after antibiotics were created.
 

Silver has been being coined since 700 BC.
 
 
Why does silver discolor fingers?
 
Some customers may think that faulty manufacturing or underkarating might be the problem when a ring 'turns,' blackening or discoloring the skin and clothing, or the jewelry itself. The most common reason is metallic abrasion, caused by makeup on skin or clothing. Cosmetics often contain compounds harder than the jewelry itself, which wear or rub off very tiny particles. Very finely divided metal always appears black rather than metallic, so it looks like a jet-black dust. When this dust comes into contact with absorbent surfaces such as skin or clothing, it sticks, forming a black smudge. To prevent this, try switching cosmetics. If this is not possible, remove rings and other jewelry while applying them, and clean skin areas in contact with jewelry with soap and water.

Another cause is actual corrosion of the metals. - forming very dark chemical compounds - under moist or wet conditions. When a person perspires, fats and fatty acids released can cause corrosion of silver, when exposed to warmth and air. This problem can be worse in seacoast semitropical areas, where chlorides combine with perspiration to form a corrosive element that discolors the skin. Smog fumes gradually attack silver and are evident as a tarnish that rubs off on the skin. Remove jewelry often and use an absorbent powder, free of abrasives, on skin that comes into contact with jewelry. Remove all rings before using soaps, cleaning compounds or detergents and clean your rings frequently. As well as solving the problem, you'll be amazed at how much better the rings look. Most of our silver rings at irecrafts, are coated in a special anti-tarnish coating. So they will never tarnish! 

    

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