Yes, all Osasbazaar and Taarose products are guaranteed silver. The silver purity is usually between 90% to 99%.
The BIS Hallmark for silver items is a certification mark granted by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to ensure the purity and authenticity of silver products. It indicates that the silver item meets the specified quality standards set by the BIS. For silver articles, the hallmark verifies the purity of the silver used, providing consumers with a reliable assurance of the quality and authenticity of the silver product. This certification is valuable for those seeking genuine and high-quality silver items.
- BIS 999 Hallmark: Indicates pure silver with 99.9% purity, commonly used for investment-grade silver.
- BIS 970 Hallmark: Denotes silver with 97.0% purity, often found in antique silverware and coins.
- BIS 925 Hallmark: Signifies sterling silver with 92.5% purity, widely used in jewelry and decorative items.
- BIS 900 Hallmark: Represents silver with 90% purity, typically seen in vintage silver items.
- BIS 835 Hallmark: Indicates silver with 83.5% purity, used in older silverware and collectibles.
- BIS 800 Hallmark: Denotes silver with 80% purity, often found in antique and vintage silver items.
These BIS hallmarks serve as quality certifications, helping consumers identify the purity levels of silver in various products.
Almost all of our products are BIS Hallmarked. Only a very few products are not, but even they are purity certified.
925 silver purity refers to sterling silver, which is an alloy made up of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, typically copper. The term “925” is used to indicate this specific silver purity. Sterling silver is widely used in jewelry and decorative items due to its durability, while the addition of other metals enhances its strength and resistance to wear and tear. This alloy maintains a high level of shine and is recognized as a standard for quality silver products.
Sterling silver is an alloy containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, providing added strength, while pure silver is nearly 100% silver.
Yes, new pure silver items tend to have a brighter shine, while antique silver may have a more subdued patina, adding character to the piece.
All the products can be returned within 7 Days from Delivery Date. Please see our return policy here: Return Policy
All Osasbazaar® silver items come with a lifetime buyback warranty. Please see the details here: Lifetime Buyback Warranty
Silver turns black primarily due to a chemical reaction with sulfur, commonly found in air pollutants, but several factors contribute to this process, including:
- Humidity and Moisture: High humidity levels or exposure to moisture can accelerate the tarnishing of silver as it increases the likelihood of chemical reactions.
- Perfume and Cosmetics: Chemicals present in perfumes and cosmetics, particularly sulfur-based compounds, can react with silver and contribute to tarnishing.
- Sweat: Human sweat, which contains salts and acids, can lead to tarnishing when in contact with silver, especially for items worn close to the skin.
To maintain the shine of silver items, it’s essential to minimize exposure to these factors, clean them regularly, and store silver items in airtight packets or zip lock bags to create a barrier, limiting exposure to air and moisture.
To store silver and prevent tarnishing, follow these steps:
- Clean Thoroughly: Ensure the silver items are clean and dry before storing to remove any existing tarnish.
- Wrap in Soft Cloth: Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth to individually wrap each silver item. This helps prevent scratches and reduces exposure to air.
- Avoid Rubber Bands: Do not use rubber bands for wrapping, as they can contain sulfur compounds that contribute to tarnishing.
- Use Anti-Tarnish Strips: Consider placing anti-tarnish strips, available at jewelry supply stores, in the storage area. These strips absorb tarnish-causing elements.
- Airtight Containers or Zip Lock Bags: Store wrapped silver items in airtight containers or zip lock bags to minimize exposure to air and moisture.
- Keep in a Cool, Dry Place: Store silver in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, as excessive heat and humidity can accelerate tarnishing.
By following these steps, you can maintain the luster of your silver items and reduce the need for frequent cleaning.
Yes, pure silver is suitable for everyday jewelry, but it may require more care to prevent tarnishing.
While some suggest toothpaste as a DIY cleaner, it’s not recommended as it may be abrasive and could scratch the silver surface.
Store each piece of jewelry separately in soft, non-abrasive air tight pouches or compartments to minimize scratching.
Yes, silver polish can be used on pure silver articles to remove tarnish and restore their shine. Follow the product instructions for best results.
Yes, it’s advisable to apply perfumes and lotions before putting on pure silver jewelry to minimize chemical exposure.
It’s advisable to remove pure silver jewelry before showering or swimming to prevent prolonged exposure to water and chemicals.
Yes, pure silver is generally hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin, making it a suitable choice for most individuals.
Yes, it is safe to use pure silverware for eating. It does not react with food and is commonly used for dining.
It’s advisable to remove pure silver jewelry before entering chlorinated water, as chemicals can accelerate tarnishing.
Yes, pure silver can be engraved or customized to add a personal touch to jewelry or other items.