Since moving to Mexico almost seven years ago and working directly with Taxco artisans and shops, we’ve learned quite a bit about jewelry hallmarks as they pertain to Mexican silver accessories. We are by no means experts, but we’re happy to share what we’ve learned.
When the metals from sterling silver and copper artisan jewelry are exposed to the air or moisture, a layer of oxidation, or tarnish, is created on the surface of the metal. These metals are soft and scratch easily, so take special care when cleaning/maintaining your cherished pieces!
If you’ve wondered, “What is sterling silver?” you’re not alone. Jewelers can use many different terms that can be confusing. Customers often ask us the following about our Mexican silver pieces: