What is Argentium Silver?
For hundreds of years, the silver used in the production of jewelry was made by combining silver and copper in a proportion of 92.5% pure silver, respectively 7.5% copper. Argentium is the most significant development of silver in hundreds of years.
Argentium Silver was invented by Peter Johns of Middlesex University, London. His initial research focused on removing fire tarnish from traditional 925 (Sterling) silver, which used the element Germanium. In his research, he found that germanium adds additional benefits, including oxidation resistance, but also heat hardening properties.
Because of the way it was formulated, Argentium Silver is an alloy that has better oxidation resistance, a higher pure silver content, a whiter color and better scratch resistance.
Is Argentium Silver more valuable than Sterling?
The alloy we use is 96% pure silver, versus 92.5% in Sterling silver or 925 silver. Due to the higher content of pure silver, the alloy used is more precious than 925.
The jewels are marked at the Precious Metals Marking Directorate with the 925 mark because there is no intermediate state mark between the concentrations of 925 and 999 on the territory of Romania.
Will my Argentium Silver jewelry oxidize?
Although there is no silver alloy that will never oxidize, Argentium Silver, through the germanium component, not only has a whiter color, but also develops a protective layer that helps delay its oxidation.
How should I care for Argentium Silver jewelry?
Simply wash them with a clean soft cloth or, for more intricate pieces, wash them in warm soapy water, then rinse and dry immediately. An occasional wipe with a clean silver polishing cloth will help maintain Argentium's shine and luster.
As recommended for other precious metals, it is advisable to remove Argentium Silver jewellery before entering swimming pools/hot tubs and before engaging in activities where the jewellery may come into contact with chemicals.
Is Argentium Silver sustainable?
Yes. Argentium is always made from verified sustainable sources.
Does Argentium Silver contain nickel, does it cause allergies?
Argentium is 100% nickel free and hypoallergenic.