What is Argentium Sterling Silver?
I choose to work in Argentium Sterling Silver vs. traditional Sterling Silver because I truly feel it produces a more beautiful, durable piece of jewelry. Here is a little information on Argentium.
Argentium silver 935 is a modern sterling silver alloy, containing 93.5% silver. The traditional sterling alloy (92.5% silver + 7.5% copper) is modified by removing some of the Copper and adding the metalloid germainium. Finished jewelry made in Argentium is harder, stronger and more durable than traditional Sterling Silver. This means that Argentium silver pieces are more resistant to damage from scratches, denting and deformation—this is particularly beneficial for jewelry items that are regularly worn.
Argentium is tarnish resistant as the germanium forms a barrier to the copper (copper is why Sterling Silver tarnishes), significantly decreasing tarnish.
Argentium is also hypoallergenic and most people that are allergic to regular Sterling Silver can wear Argentium without allergies.
Argentium silver is known as the responsible silver:
Argentium guarantees traceability of its raw silver. It is certified that Argentium is produced using only recycled silver.
Argentium’s unique and superior properties reduce manufacturing time, labour and resources.
Argentium alloys do not contain nickel.