I posted that you needed to be a silversmith to use Argentium.
This may have been misinterpreted that Argentium is hard to use.
That is not what I meant.
I meant you need training to understand how the Argentium is worked.
But this is the same for all metals.
Argentium is easier to work than sterling silver. But you work it
differently that is all. There is quality available from
Argentium International and Cynthia Eid. Google them.
If you try to work Argentium like sterling you will have problems,
same as if you try to work titanium like sterling you will have
But if you work Argentium like Argentium then you will have no
You will be surprised how easy it is to use.
I am writing about Argentium because it is new to Australia and is a
great advance for working in silver, no firescale is just the start.
I have worked in sterling and fine silver for 25 years and so writing
about Argentium is a heads up for silver workers in Australia.
To recap as to why I like Argentium over sterling.
Takes much longer to work harden than sterling
Faster to clean up than sterling
Polishes faster and to a higher shine than sterling
It is very white whiter than any other precious metal
It is easier to use.
And my customers love the look of Argentium even though I charge 40%
more than for the same piece in sterling. Except for reticulated
pieces, Argentium does not reticulate well, all my silver stock will
So if you want a better metal than sterling try Argentium. I do not
have access to the other new silver alloys so I cannot comment on
them although people on Orchid have found them to be excellent. If you
are in Australia order some Argentium from A & E metals if you follow
the directions for Argentium you will really enjoy it. And can get an
edge over mass produced imports. And increase your profits.
all the best