What is the difference between sterling silver and pewter?

          You may be wondering what the difference is between the pieces you are seeing in sterling silver and in pewter, when they look nearly identical. 

Pewter and sterling silver both have rich histories and have been used in jewelry since ancient days.  Silver is a pure element, and sterling silver is an alloy consisting of 92.5% pure silver, and 7.5 % copper.  It is a bright white metal and is very durable.  While it typically will not react with you skin, it can become discolored due to oxidation.  A simple polish with a polishing cloth will bring your sterling jewelry back to new.  Because it is a rare and noble metal, it is a higher price that other materials.

Pewter has also been used in various ways for a very long time.  It is made of an alloy of metals, mostly tin.  The other elements contained in pewter are copper, bismuth, and antimony, which are all added to create a harder and more durable metal.   All pewter we use is completely lead free.  While pewter is softer than sterling silver, the benefit of this is its amazing ability to capture minute details beautifully.  Pewter can scratch, but will not tarnish or rust.  It can develop a patina over time when worn next to your skin, but this is easily buffed out with a polishing cloth. 

Keeping both sterling silver and pewter jewelry away from perfumes hairsprays and other aerosols will help prolong the finish on your jewelry.  If you do notice any discoloration from exposure to these things, your jewelry can be polished and refinished quite easily to it’s original finish. 


How do I polish and clean my jewelry?

          You can clean your jewelry easily using warm soapy water and a very soft brush or cloth.  You can also use a polishing cloth to brighten your jewelry and remove any tarnish.


What is the return/exchange policy?

          You can return or exchange any jewelry from The Sparkling Pebble, excluding custom orders.  Simply follow our return shipping guide to print your label.  Jewelry must be returned within 30 days of receipt to qualify for a return,and must be sent back in new condition.  If you have any other questions regarding a return or exchange, please reach out to us at: info@thesparklingpebble.com 


What are my shipping options?

          Shipping is almost always done using USPS for domestic orders.  If you require UPS, you can choose this option when checking out.  Tracking numbers will be given to you at check out, and you can easily track your order.


How is the product made, where does it come from?

          All of our pendants and rings are made completely in the USA.  We design every piece in house using digital sculpting technology.  The designs are then 3d printed and sent to a casting house in the United States to be molded and cast in either sterling silver or pewter.  The castings are then sent back to us where all of the finish work is applied by hand to each piece.  The chains and cords are sourced from various suppliers, domestic and international.


When will my order arrive?

          If the item you order is in stock, it will ship within 24 hours of placing your order.  It usually takes between 2-4 days for it to be delivered.  If you have ordered an out of stock item, it will take about 2-3 weeks for it to ship out, and then another 2-4 days to arrive to you.  You can always track your shipment using the tracking on our site.


How do I contact the company if my questions isn’t answered here?

          If you have a question that was not answered here, please send us an email at: info@thesparklingpebble.com and we will get back with you quickly.