925 Sterling Silver is a combination of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of another metal, and it is the highest percentage of fine silver possible for jewelry subject to everyday wear. Fine silver (99.9% pure) is generally too soft and malleable for jewelry. Therefore, it is usually combined with copper to give it strength, while at the same time preserving both the ductility and beauty of its original form.
Rhodium is a noble metal with a whitish gray appearance, and it is typically applied to metal through electroplating. A plating of rhodium is applied over either sterling silver or alloys to give a piece of jewelry a bright, glossy and long-lasting finish.