Sterling silver is often called 925 silver because to be sterling, a silver alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. All these silver beads, jewelry findings, wire, and chain fit that strict definition. This means you can relax in the knowledge that you're buying high quality! The benefits of working with sterling silver in your jewelry go beyond quality and panache. It's also a soft metal that's easy to work with. Plus, you get to choose whether to antique your silver jewelry or polish it to a bright shine.