Thanks to all who responded to my query, including the Argentium man
himself, Peter Johns, who generously called me from England and
spent about 45 minutes on the phone discussing various aspects of
Apparently all of Argentium’s mysteries have not yet been fully
explained, including the yellowish tinge. He, as did several others,
recommended Goddard’s cloth as a tarnish remover/inhibitor. I have
been using them for a couple of years after a previous discussion
here, and used one before shipping on the earrings that yellowed.
Several of you recommended heat treating, but Peter was not
necessarily suggesting that as a required step. I know it sounds
easy, but since I make things one at a time, I really don’t envision
baking each piece individually. I may try it though. If you could
bake a bunch of silver stock before forming and finishing, that
might be a different story, but that apparently will not work, even
if I’m not using any heat in production.
One thing that a couple of you recommended was using the phrase
"tarnish-resistant" rather than “anti-tarnish”. I agree and am not
sure how I ended up using that, since that has been discussed as
well. Maybe because it sounded a little more proactive, but more
probably because I wasn’t thinking clearly.
If you have looked at www.argentiumsilver.com, you may have been put
off by the apparent need to register to get deeper into the site. I
was concerned that if I did, I might get hit up for a license fee or
something. Peter mentioned struggles with the marketing guys on
this, since a lot of others had the same reaction, but assured me
that it was not a problem. In fact, they’ve eased up considerably,
particularly on the use of their logo, which apparently can now be
freely used- if I understood him correctly.
So, I guess I will continue to use the Argentium for specific
things, but I’ll educate my customers a little better and include a
square of Goddard’s cloth with each pair of earrings. Thanks again,
Orchid, and especially Peter Johns!