Silver’s workability and brilliant shine are what has made it such a popular jewellery metal for thousands of years. Silver can be moulded into almost any shape without breaking. However, it can retain ‘metal memory’ which means it has a tendency to return to its original shape. Out of the three main precious metals – gold, platinum and silver – silver has the most metal memory.


Pure silver is too soft to be practical for jewellery, so is typically mixed with a small amount of copper which strengthens the silver without spoiling its shine. Although sterling silver is a popular choice for jewellery, we wouldn’t recommend setting diamonds in silver as the strong metal memory can mean it won’t hold its shape and the stone could come loose. If you love the appearance of silver, we suggest platinum or white gold to hold your precious diamonds and gemstones in place for years to come.