Dear D’Ann and Charlie, Fine silver has no copper content, hence no
firescale, hence no pickling worries or abrasive finishing. It is
also softer, a nice quality where one seeks to push metal tight to a
stone for the most secure mounting.
In defense of 26 ga. sterling bezel wire, that’s a good heavy-duty
mounting, too. A testament to your craftsmanship.
Dan Woodard, Indian Jewelers Supply Co. In snow-flurried cold Gallup,
New Mexico www.ijsinc.com