I Love Argentium Silver!
Let me start by saying I use only Argentium Silver in my silver designs and have for at least 3 years now. There is an occasional small bit of sterling used once in a blue moon.
What is Argentium Silver, you ask? It is considered to be sterling silver, which contains 7.5% copper and 92.5% pure silver. Argentium silver, 960, is a high purity jewelry alloy silver composition (95.84 silver, balance copper), with the addition of germanium. Germanium adds a white quality to the silver and possesses a high resistance to that unsightly tarnishing. For those of us who make jewelry, Argentium has qualities in the workshop that make it wonderful to work with. I won’t go into the details. Suffice it to say it makes a good outcome on a piece made with a torch much more probable. So, it’s good for you, as the keeper of your one of a kind, handmade piece. It’s good for me, the creator and the purveyor of beautiful silver pieces that need little to no cleaning. Yay, win-win!
The cuff above is 1″ wide, made with Argentium Silver (sheet and wire) and crowned with a lovely 6mm green faceted peridot cabochon.