Daily Wire Tip Dec. 27: Mixing Sterling Silver and Argentium

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
December 27, 2009

Question:

I am running low on wire inventory, and can`t afford to buy more stock just yet.  I need to make some designs in all sterling.
Can I make a sterling project using both Sterling Silver and Argentium Sterling Silver, mixed?

Answer:

Personally I see no reason why you cannot mix sterling silver and argentium silver in your jewelry designs. The only real difference is that the sterling will eventually tarnish black while the argentium will tarnish a pale blonde color. I often mix sterling silver beads with argentium wire and sometimes both wires as well. When you write the product description for these combined items, be sure to list both metals so your customer is aware of the uniqueness of their purchase.

Answer contributed by Dale `Cougar` Armstrong

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One Comment

  1. avatar

    Cathy Roberts

    February 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I am in the process of switching over to all Argentium, however I too have sterling inventory. I made a few sterling silver pendants and used argentium jump rings. My pendants are turning a yellow color quite quickly and I have been wondering if it is the argentium that is causing this.

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