Silver jewellery is made from sterling silver - 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper.
Silver is a very soft metal and 100% pure silver is not suitable for jewellery because it is too soft and would easily bend and go out of shape.
There are very strict legal requirements that must be adhered to when retailing jewellery in the UK.
UK law requires any sterling silver product over 7.78 grams in weight to be hallmarked by one of the four UK independent Assay Offices.
A hallmark is not be to confused with a manufacturers '925' stamp. '925' stamped into a piece of silver jewellery does not guarantee quality or that the product is really sterling silver.
A UK hallmark must also be present by law, otherwise the product can not be legally sold as sterling silver!
Sponsors mark - this is the unique mark assigned to each maker/importer that is registered with the assay office.
Silvertime is registered with Birmingham Assay Office. All our silver jewellery that we import is sent to Birmingham Assay Office for independent testing and hallmarking as required by UK law. Our sponsors mark is 'ST'.
Standard Mark - this mark denotes the standard of metal, eg. 925 for sterling silver, 375 for 9ct gold.
The Anchor symbol is the mark to show the product has been hallmarked at Birmingham Assay Office.
When we send our jewellery to Assay random pieces are cut and scrapped so that the silver can be tested for purity.
All our products are Nickel free and regularly tested. All gems stones used in our jewellery are also randomly tested.
We have been retailing jewellery for over 20 years. We have been trading on the internet since 1999.
Our wealth of experience guarantees that we only select the finest quality jewellery to include in our product range. We work closely with British manufacturers, UK importers and overseas manufacturers.
The only reason our prices are affordable and highly competitive is because we buy in large quantities and our overheads are low due to now being an internet only business. Many of our products are produced by the same manufacturers that supply exclusive high street jewellers.
We really do offer quality and exceptional value for money together with unrivalled service and customer support.
Strong quality solid sterling silver heavy pendant chain. Rounded curb chain ideal for heavier pendants. Massive choice of lengths up to 42 inches.
Solid sterling silver hallmarked curb chain 4.5mm width, superb quality high polished finish, fitted with a premium lobster class. This is one of our best selling silver curb chains.
A beautiful highly polished silver chain, this stunning chain is great to wear on its own or for use with a pendant. The round braided link is very flexible and smooth, perfect for larger pendants. We offer this Spiga chain in two different widths, this one being the largest at 2.50mm diameter. 16 to 36 inch lengths available.
Solid sterling silver unisex diamond cut rope chain. This stunning chain measures 3.3mm diameter and is available in lengths from 16 inches (41cm) to 30 inches (76cm)
Solid sterling silver men's curb chain. A good medium weight chain with 6.5mm wide links. Available in large range of lengths from 18 inches (46cm) through to 30 inches (76cm)
Mirror finish highly polished curb chain, 9.2mm width which is medium to heavy gauge. Classic shaped flat diamond cut curb links, stunning quality. Available in lengths from 18 inches - 46cm through to 32 inches - 81cm weights from 62 to 108 grams depending on chosen length.
Quality silver pendant chain. Rounded curb chain (as opposed to diamond cut curb chain) suitable for use with pendants. This is a premium quality solid sterling silver curb chain fitted with a larger than usual clasp measuring 6mm. Finished with a patented anti tarnish finish 1.75mm wide and 1.10mm depth.
Super heavy and super shiny rope chain! This is the largest rope chain we offer, this is a unisex chain suitable for men and women. The links are diamond cut which adds to the reflection of the chain, the chain links are 7.20mm in diameter, fitted with a quality lobster clasp.
Highly polished solid sterling silver heart tag necklace. With heart tag and T-Bar fastening, this is a timeless classic design available in 16 ,18 ,20, 22, 24 and 26 inch lengths - 40cm to 66cm lengths.
Men's sterling silver flat link Byzantine chain 6.80mm x 3.12mm depth links. This hallmarked chain has a superb highly polished finish and is one of our most stunning Byzantine Chain's. Available from 18 to 32 inches, up to 81 grams.
Features highly polished oval beads (6.6mm x 4mm). The chain links are diamond cut giving a sparkle look. Now available in longer lengths of up to 42 inches (107cm). The longer lengths can be doubled or trebled to create the design and style you want.
Men's 9.2mm solid sterling silver curb bracelet, matching chain available, 7.50 inch (19cm) - 26 grams, 8.50 inch (22cm) - 28 grams, 9.50 inch (24cm) - 32 grams and 9.75 inch (25cm) - 35 grams. This is one of our most popular and best selling silver curb bracelets.
This unusual design of silver chain is a square box design. A great alternative to the basic curb chain, these chains are of superior quality and fitted with quality square end caps and shackle clasp for extra durability. This Franco chain width is 3.70mm and available in lengths from 18 inch to 32 inch.
Sterling silver unisex belcher chain of a medium weight that would suit a man or woman, not too heavy but not too light. The link diamter is 3.90mm, we offer lengths from 16 to 42 inches (41 cm to 107 cm) , fitted with a premium quality lobster clasp.
Italian made 4.5mm diameter silver Belcher hallmarked chain. Specially made for us with better quality components and durable lobster clasp. This is a superb premium quality chain of medium weight from 20 grams to 36 grams. Suitable for men and women.
Silver box chain ideal for use with pendants, premium quality Italian chain with anti tarnish finish, 1.10mm width, available in lengths 16 inches through to 28 inches.
Solid sterling silver box chain, very good quality lightweight box chain that is perfect chain for light to medium pendants. The width is 0.85mm and the chain is fitted with a 5mm bolt ring clasp. Available in lengths from 14 inches through to 26 inches.
Men's square Byzantine solid sterling silver chain, 5.90mm wide. Highly polished finished with large clasp and square end caps, soldered jump ring connecting the chain to the clasp to ensure a durable, strong piece of jewellery that will last a lifetime.
Our 1.80mm Franco chain is ideal for larger pendants or to wear on its own. The Franco chain is a square link design, it is very tactile and the links are flexible, it doesn't tangle or twist and sits well when worn. This chain is a high quality hallmarked sterling silver chain fitted with a quality shackle clasp, the ring connecting the chain to the clasp is soldered to ensure a strong and durable chain.
Superior quality British made heavy solid sterling silver belcher chain fitted with a premium quality lobster clasp, 7.5mm diameter, weights 62 grams to 103 grams, available in lengths 18 inches to 30 inches / 46cm to 76cm.