i guess I am asking what the benefits are.
I'll let others speak about the popularity of Argentium Sterling
(AS). I will say though that it's very popular in and around my
ArgentiumSilver.com is the "parent" site for Argentium Sterling (AS)
and if you check out http://www.argentiumsilver.com/text.htm you'll
find a good summary of the benefits of AS, namely:
"* Firescale-free alloy.
Lower heat and electrical conductivity, enabling the alloy to be
resistance, plasma and laser welded.
Annealed hardness is equal to standard sterling silver. Further
hardening can be achieved by simple heat treatment (even after
Increased ductility, to assist forming processes including spinning
Environmental advantages of a firescale-free alloy =96 cyanide and
other hazardous chemicals used for stripping or plating over
firescale, are eliminated.
Production/finishing time is reduced.
While it may not be obvious from the summary the firestain-free and
increased ductility properties can mean a big difference, depending
on the kind of work you do.
I do a lot of rolling to make my own stock, also forging, raising and
lately chain making. Since you don't have to worry about firestain
you don't have to firecoat before you anneal, which one does a lot in
this type of work. And because of the increased ductility you can do
more work between annealings.
Together these really add up to make the work less hassle and much
And the tarnish-resistance is invaluable IMHO. For instance I've got
a spoon I made about 6 months ago and even though I use it every day
for all types of food there isn't a speck of tarnish on it. It really
Time to toot my own kazoo a little: check out my "Working With
Argentium Sterling silver" blog if you're interested in reading more
about the day-to-day of working with AS. The blog is at
in The City of Light