Hey all, Having tested all the anti-tarnish sterling alloys on the
market extensively over the last 11 years, I most strongly recommend
the deox SS grain from Precious Metals West in LA, 1-800-999-PLAT. I
do not recommend Sterilite under any circumstances.
For those of you who might find anti tarnish sterling limited in its
workability, I have very successfully combined copper sterling with
deox in a 50/50 ratio. I acheived much better hardness, color and
workability with no firescale and still retaining good tarnish
Remember, ALL silver, even fine silver, will tarnish over time. Fine
silver will give an brownish, cruddy looking tarnish over time, while
the more blackish tarnish of copper sterling is the result of
bimetallic corrosion between alloy constituents.
There is no magic bullet here, just an aid in getting a little bit
better shelf life. Though I use deox sterling in large volume (1,000
oz + per month), I still recommend traditional copper sterling hands
down. To combat firescale without cyanide bombing, I polish with Zam
and Fabulustre and get beautiful, firescale-free pieces every time.