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.