Dime above shows scale of beads.
Turquoise pendant shown here is not included.
Flat profile sterling silver lobster claw clasp. 16" of beads with 3 1/2" sterling silver chain finished with a sterling silver bead.
100% solid silver won't tarnish but it is too soft to use for making jewelry - it could easily be scratched, dented and bent. Sterling silver has a small amount of one or more other metals usually copper, added to the silver. To be called sterling silver, the alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver alloy is harder than pure silver but the added metals also can cause discoloration or tarnish.