Everyone is invited to an evening at MIT in Cambridge, MA, where
there will be lectures by Peter Johns, inventor of Argentium Silver,
and Samuel Davis, Senior Process Engineer at Stern-Leach,
manufacturer of Argentium Silver.
There will be a social hour with samples of raw materials and
finished work to look at, a chance to talk to Peter and Sam as well
as others interested in Argentium Silver, and a cash bar. At 7, a
dinner will be served, after which the lectures will be presented.
There will be interesting discussions of Argentium Silver’s
invention, why it works, manufacturing processes and difficulties,
and more—with plenty of pictures. This is a rare opportunity! Below
are more details: ARGENTIUM SILVER MINI-SYMPOSIUM Argentium[tm]
Sterling Silver: Past, Present and Future
Peter G. Johns, Technical Director for Argentium Silver Co. Ltd. and
Samuel A. Davis, P.E., Senior Process Engineer for Stern-Leach Peter
Johns is the inventor or Argentium Silver. Stern-Leach is the
licensed manufacturer of Argentium Silver in the United States.
Thursday evening, January 25, 2007
Time: 6:00 PM - Social Hour
7:00 PM - Dinner is served.
After dinner, lectures by Peter Johns and Samuel Davis
Place: MIT Faculty Club
50 Memorial Drive
(located on the 6th floor of the Sloan Building, Building E52 on the
MIT campus Free Parking is located on the back of building E55,
accessed from Main St.)
Price: Non-members: $30
Attendees should RSVP to Ceren (Karen) Eraslan at
Argentium Sterling Silver is a revolutionary invention that offers
the benefits of being harder and more tarnish and firescale resistant
than regular sterling silver. Since manufacturing began at
Stern-Leach in 2004, Argentium Silver has rapidly gained popularity
and hundreds of products, processes, and major developments have
evolved. Customers, artisans, and craftsman who use Argentium Silver,
have become an integral part of the education, marketing and
commercial development of the product. A historical overview of the
research behind Argentium Silver will be presented, together with
details of the unique properties of the alloy. Theoretical data and
test results will then be discussed, which support the claims being
made that Argentium Silver is more ductile and more tarnish and fire
scale resistant than regular sterling. A small exhibition of
silverware and jewelry items will be on display and a video titled
"The Silversmith of Williamsburg", will be available for viewing at
the start of the evening. This short film depicts traditional
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Peter G. Johns, FIPG, is the inventor of Argentium Silver and the
Technical Director for Argentium Silver Co. Ltd., leading the
research activities and product development program for the company.
Peter brings practical experience as a silversmith, with a unique
insight into silver production, from both a craft perspective and an
industrial manufacturing perspective. He trained and worked as a
silversmith and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
and the City of London. During his apprenticeship, he won a Gold
Medal at the Industrial Olympics, as well as several awards for
craftsmanship. His masterpiece to gain the freedom of The Goldsmiths’
Company was a silver cross - this is now the Processional Cross used
at Canterbury Cathedral. Peter is also a Fellow of The Institute of
Professional Goldsmiths (UK).
Argentium Silver was developed through Peter’s research at Middlesex
University (UK), which initially set out to prevent firescale in
sterling silver. Further research revealed other superior features,
including high tarnish resistance and unique hardening properties.
Peter has presented his research around the globe, including at the
world famous Santa Fe Symposium, on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology.
There are now 16 patents pending and four granted patents related to
Argentium Silver. In 2004, Argentium Silver won the ‘AJM Innovation
Samuel A. Davis, P.E., is a Senior Process Engineer for Stern-Leach,
a company of Cookson Precious Metals, Cookson Material Products
division. His responsibilities include duties such as alloy, product
and process development; Chair of the Ergonomics Committee; customer
technical support; procedure writing; and continuous improvement. He
previously worked as a Process Engineer for Titanium Metals
Corporation and as a Senior Process Safety Engineer for H.C. Starck.
Mr. Davis is an active member of The Minerals, Metals, Materials
Society (TMS); the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE);
and Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society). He was selected as a
TMS Young Leader for the Extraction and Processing Division in
1999-2000 and served as Chair of the TMS Young Leader Committee,
where he helped organize and chair symposiums at the national
meetings. More recently, he is the past chair of the Boston Section
of TMS. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in
Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Argentium[tm] Sterling Silver is a registered trademark.