I am on a quest to find the perfect the sterling silver alloy, I have grown frustrated with the never ending combinations of silver with unknown ingredients that reduce tarnish and firescale while somehow being deficient in some other way. The best ones seem to be either platinum or palladium sterling silvers.
To avoid all the frustration, what if I just cooked up a binary sterling silver with a really hot torch but rather using copper, I used platinum. Would this be hard enough? Is there something I am missing here as to why a silver-platinum binary alloy has never been done? If not platinum, what about a silver-palladium binary alloy, that is 92.5% silver, 7.5% palladium. Would that be hard enough and just be an all around improvement?
I calculated the cost, $5.13 Canadian per gram or $159.55 per ounce. If you use platinum’s historical highest ever cost it works out to $9.25 a gram or $287.68 an ounce. Certainly more than regular sterling, however I feel this will only serve to increase its cache and equalize sterling silver amongst the more noble gold.
What problems, if any, are there with a sterling silver alloyed with all platinum or all palladium, no firescale, presumably harder, less tarnish, high temp. Enamels, greater perceived AND real value, doesn’t even turn black when you heat it, and at most ten bucks a gram. What’s there not to like?
Interested in hearing your thoughts,