The use of silver dates back to around 3500 B.C. The book of Genesis in the Bible mentions silver as part of Abraham’s wealth.
The word sterling has been used for high-quality silver ever since the 1200s, primarily for coins of the realm. English sterling specifically was of the highest quality and the standard for English sterling was set in the 1500s by Queen Elizabeth — a standard still accepted all over the world.
Your ring in sterling has a long and respected heritage. Wear it with pride and pleasure.
To clean your ring, you can use a silver polish or immerse the ring in a mild ammonia and water solution.