I thought I should reply to your post to ensure there is no confusion
about Argentium silver alloys. These are a family of alloys which
contain about 1% germanium, are protected by numerous patents and are
manufactured in different countries by our approved manufacturing
partners. The patents basically cover any silver alloy containing
between 0.5-3.0% germanium and if anyone is trying to copy the
Argentium silver alloy formulations they would be infringing these
patents and and we would take the appropriate action.
Just to also take this opportunity to pick up an the descriptions of
different silver alloys by Jim Sivertsen of United; the 'basic’
sterling silver composition of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper I try to
refer to as traditional sterling silver in any posts or articles to
avoid the any confusion with it been mistaken for one of the
different deox silver alloys that are available with their varying
additions of zinc, indium, tin and silicon.