Argentium Sterling silver is wonderful stuff. I happen to adore Argentium because it is nickel-free and safe to wear if you have a nickel allergy. But it has additional qualities that make it a true top-choice contender for fine jewelry. It contains even more pure silver than standard Sterling silver, it shines brighter than platinum, and it is actually tarnish-resistant. If all this isn’t enough, it is made entirely of recycled silver, making it the environmentally friendly choice.
There is a small amount of germanium in Argentium that acts as the hardener in the metal. This not only has the very cool effect of making the metal tarnish resistant, but also eliminates the uncertainly about what hardener is used in it.
Argentium has some similar properties to standard Sterling Silver, however there are a few unique things about its care that may be unfamiliar to you. Here are a few things that might be helpful to know:
Cleaning & Polishing
First of all, you will rarely need to polish your Argentium Sterling Silver. Sometimes people who have always used Standard Sterling have a hard time adapting to this new reality.
Do not use cleaners intended for use with standard Sterling Silver. If you feel that your jewelry needs cleaning, You can clean it in warm water with mild soap solution, then pat it dry gently with a soft cloth. It can be immersed in water if there are no soft stones or pearls in the piece. Do not handle it with an abrasive cloth or sharp tools.
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