Greetings All. I have an interest in this product because of its
resistance to tarnish which has been attested to by at least two
members of the Orchid group. Thank you both for your input.
However it was mentioned previously in this thread that Argentium
sterling is softer than standard sterling and this begs a question
which has yet to be asked.
How resistant to abrasion is Argentium Sterling? A strong resistance
to tarnish may mean little if the surface is susceptible to abrasion
and could limit the use of this product to pieces that are not
subject to rough duty.
Can this product be hardened by heat treating or work hardening to
achieve a degree of hardness that is similar to standard sterling?
I would also like to know if there is any nickle in this alloy? I
only ask this question because some people have an allergy to
nickle. If I need to ask a customer if they have an allergy to
nickle I would not be averse to asking if the question is warranted.
After all many customers have limited knowledge concerning gems and
jewelry and they count on us to look out for their interests and are
appreciative when they realize that we are fulfilling that
I am not trying to run down a new product by asking these questions.
I realize that no product is perfect and we work with the
shortcomings inherent in the products we use (i.e. firescale on
standard sterling, stones that cleave when setting, torches that
fizzle, spit and pop ect...) but these are known shortcomings and we
take steps to mitigate their effects. With a new product such as
this the inherent shortcomings are not known and only by asking
specific questions can we begin to make an honest assessment of
where to employ this product to it's best advantage. Thanking all
who respond ahead of time.
David L. Smith,
currently in rainy San Fransisco attending the Revere Academy for yet
more training in the jewelry arts.