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Jewelry That Stays Shiny

August 8, 2013 in Art,jewelry,Jewelry by Tana | Comments (0)

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Argentium Alloy

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Just when you figured out all you needed to know about Sterling silver, someone comes along with a new improved version called Argentium®. Sterling is an alloy or mixture of silver containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals. Sterling silver made in the United States, except jewelry, is marked .925-.999 and silver is 99.9% pure and generally too soft for producing functional objects; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength, durability and beauty.  But sterling silver tarnishes and needs regular polishing.

Although it costs slightly more than Sterling Silver, Argentium® is a welcomed discovery by Peter Johns in 1996, a professor of silversmith at the Art and Design Research Institute (ADRI), School of Art & Design, Middlesex University in England. The project began in 1990 with research on the effects of germanium additions to silver alloys. Johns discovered that by reducing the copper content in traditional silver and adding germanium (discovered in Germany nearly 100 year earlier) to silver, it stays bright and beautiful. Can you imagine silver jewelry, hollowware and sculpture that rarely needs polishing? Argentium forms a clear oxide reducing the tarnishing and contains 92.5% silver and no nickel. If you love the look of silver only needs an occasional wipe with a soft cloth to remove a smudge or finger mark, look no further.

For thousands of years, we’ve worn sterling silver bracelets, earrings, cuffs, rings, and necklaces. This shimmery white metal can be worn day or night and is a very popular in everyday jewelry. Sterling silver jewelry is far more affordable than white gold or platinum. Hunter-Wolff Gallery offers Argentium sterling silver in designs by DKC Jewelry and Jewelry by Tana which are very durable and easy to clean. Even better, if you have a nickel allergy, you can wear sterling silver earrings and other pieces made with Argentium because there is no nickel. Made by hand in Colorado, Argentium sterling silver jewelry is designed for everyday wear.

Make a Note:  TRUNK SHOW featuring Argentium sterling silver by DKC Jewelry. Select from a large collection and have the option to collect DKC Signature earrings specially priced for this event on Saturday, August 24 at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. We look forward to seeing you there from 1-5 pm.

 

 

 

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Bright & Beautiful Silver

March 3, 2013 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Colorado,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Old Colorado City | Comments (0)

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DKC Jewelry Made in Colorado with Argentium Silver

Not familiar with Argentium® sterling silver?  Silver jewelry is typically made from an alloy of silver containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals to give it strength, durability and beauty. But sterling silver tarnishes and needs regular polishing.

Since the late 1990’s, silver mixed with germanium (not copper) has become more and more popular in jewelry making.  It is called Argentium® and it stays bright and beautiful. Argentium® forms a clear oxide reducing tarnishing and contains 92.5% silver and no nickel or copper. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, Argentium® sterling silver used in designs by Jewelry by Tana and DKC Jewelry is very durable and is easy to clean. You can clean it with a mild detergent and lukewarm water to bring back its shine. To maintain the shine and luster of Argentium® silver, simply wipe away any dust or finger marks with a soft cloth. More intricate pieces worn frequently may require an occasional wash in warm soapy water followed by a rinse and patted dry with a soft cloth to avoid watermarks. An infrequent wipe with a clean silver polishing cloth will help to protect Argentium® silver from finger marks and everyday dirt and grime.

Tip: Never use ‘dip-type’ polishes or electrolytic cleaning processes with Argentium® silver. More info in our March Newsletter.

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