Daily Wire Tip Sept. 10: Argentium vs. Fine Silver

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
September 10, 2010

Question:

Are Argentium Silver and Fine Silver one and the same?

-Kathy in Des Plaines, Illinois

Answer:

No, these terms describe two different products.

Argentium Silver is an alloy made of germanium (3%) and silver (97%) that is twice as strong as .925 sterling silver and tarnish resistant.

Fine silver is any silver that is .999 (99%) pure silver, and as such is a very soft product. Without the presence of alloys such as copper, fine silver will not tarnish.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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6 Comments

  1. avatar

    Jane Elizabeth

    September 10, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Dale,
    Thanks for the info on the differences between the fine silver and the Argentium, I have wondered about that for years. I guess I could have looked up the difference, but waited for you to explain it for me. Thanks for all the wonderful info you provide each and every day!

    • avatar

      dalecgr

      September 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      You are very welcome Jane!

  2. avatar

    Gracelyn

    September 10, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Dale, do you need to change the wire gauge for your designs when working in Argentium silver? Or should I just use the same gauge you recommend in your book for regular sterling?

    • avatar

      dalecgr

      September 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Gracelyn, no need to worry about differences in gauges when using Argentium, it is available in the same gauges as the rest of the jewelry making wire you are familiar with : )

  3. avatar

    Gracelyn

    September 13, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Thanks Dale! I am finding that my customers will pay a bit more for the highly tarnish resistant property of Argentium!

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