What is Argentium Silver?
It is a superior, high performance silver with a number of unique properties. These properties differentiate Argentium Silver from traditional Sterling silver, making it perfect for contemporary jewelry design.
HOW Is Argentium Silver different from traditional Sterling Silver?
Argentium Silver offers 6 major improvements to sterling silver, making it the biggest improvement in silver in literally hundreds of years. It is stronger, more pure (935 or 960), a whiter color, antibacterial and hypo-allergenic properties, Ethically sourced, and Tarnish Resistant. All of these benefits make Argentium Silver more healthy for the jewelry wearer and gentler on the environment, as less chemicals are used in production and only silver on the earth’s surface is used, eliminating mining.
Durability and Versatility
Some sterling silver jewelry pieces are prone to scratches, dents, and deformation, especially if you wear them daily. Argentium Silver is stronger and more durable than traditional sterling, making it more resistant to these types of damages.
Color and Tarnish Resistance
Brighter than white gold, sterling silver, and platinum, Argentium Silver is the whitest metal, more durable, and Tarnish Resistant. I use alcohol swabs to clean the fingerprints off, and satin kitchen pads. Dry with clean, cotton cloths. No rouge cloths should be used. With no plating to chip away or tarnish, Argentium’s natural white-silver color is the same throughout the entire piece and goes with many more colors of strands and gemstones.
Conservation and Environmentally Friendly Practices
Only recycled silver that is refined is used for production. Due to the tarnish resistant nature of Argentium, the use of toxic chemicals used to remove firestain is eliminated, helping to protect the environment. All Argentium alloys are nickel-free, resulting in jewelry pieces that can be worn by individuals with nickel allergies.
Personal Allergy Story
For me, this is personal, as I am allergic to sterling silver, as many people are. I could not wear my own sterling silver jewelry for nearly 30 years until I discovered Argentium Silver! My concern for a more healthy studio environment and more importantly, protecting our Mother Earth’s climate is built into my business plan to help reverse climate crisis.