Lately I've heard some radio ads from Steven Singer Jewelers in Philadelphia promoting "Super Silver", made from Argentium. Instead of tarnishing, it gets "whiter and brighter" Huh? Argentium may be great stuff, but is this an accurate description? I think buyers might be doomed to disappointment. Beware of over-hyping even something good!
Oh dear, I agree with your concern, Allan. No silver can be “tarnish
proof”. Argentium Silver is highly tarnish resistant, and with
appropriate preparation, it is extremely tarnish resistant. Since I
have been working primarily with Argentium Sterling since the turn of
the century (2000) I have had 12 years to be delighted at how little
polishing I have had to do in the past 10 or so years.
The germanium in Argentium Silver continuously grabs oxygen,
creating germanium oxide, which protects the surface from tarnish.
Color tests have shown Argentium Sterling to be whiter than other
metals. It sounds like someone has combined and twisted information
for the sake of advertising— It is unfortunate, since, as you say,
it is likely in the end to have the opposite of the desired effect.
Is anybody on Orchid in a position to contact these jewelers about
this? The simple truth about Argentium Silver is more than good