Let’s Get Technical - SILVER

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With the price of gold at an all time high people are focusing their attention towards silver. The modern designs made in this precious metal are appealing and affordable. Silver has been used in jewellery throughout the ages from the Ancient Greeks to the Romans.

Today's leading silver producing nation is Mexico, followed by the USA then South and Central America. Silver is the brightest of all metals reflecting 95 per cent of the light that falls on it compared with 92 per cent for gold when newly polished.

It has a silver-white colour and metallic lustre, however, when exposed to oxygen a black layer of silver oxide readily forms, tarnishing the surface. Because of this and the fact that it is too soft a metal to be used in jewellery in its pure form, silver is alloyed with other metals.

Tarnishing can be prevented by plating the surface with a rhodium based alloy. Rhodium, part of the platinum group of metals provides very good protection. Silver not in daily use can be protected by storing in special papers bags acting as a filter to stop the contact between the oxygen and silver.

Niki Harris

Niki, the daughter of Les and Carolyn Harris, joined the family business in September 2007 and has brought with her fresh ideas and enthusiasm.

Having grown up in a family of Jewellers this trade is in the blood, so it makes sense that jewellery is a hobby not just a job to her!

Niki enjoys watching jewellery and fashion trends, sourcing and buying individual pieces which make up the interesting collections at Les Harris Jewellers.

About Les Harris Jewellers

Shopping at Les Harris Jewellers in the picturesque market town of Frodsham, Cheshire, you will find a wide range of Silver handmade and British Designer jewellery. Our contemporary collection includes well known brands such as Lovelinks, Hot Diamonds, Dower & Hall and individual handpicked pieces of jewellery from up and coming British designers such as Collette Waudby and Charmian Beaton.

We also showcase a beautiful collection of gold and diamond set jewellery, timeless classics designed to be adored!

If it is something more individual that you desire we offer a jewellery commission service, designing custom made jewellery especially for you; other services we offer include jewellery repairs, watch repairs, bead restringing and a jewellery cleaning service.

We hope you enjoy browsing our lovely selection of earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and bangles, charm beads, charm bracelets and watches.