Which Silver Doesn't Tarnish? Argentium
Q. Which is the silver that does not tarnish -- is it sterling silver or just silver.Roger Martinez
jeweler - Wyoming, Michigan
A. Dear Roger!
All commercial silver alloys tarnish. Pure silver too.Goran Budija
- Zagreb, Croatia
A. Silver that will not tarnish would be the one that is kept in a vacuum or has something on top to isolate its surface from the atmosphere (if you take it to outer space or other environment that does not contain sulfur it will be OK). There is also a number of alloys or metals that resemble silver and do not tarnish like platinum, palladium, etc.Guillermo Marrufo
Monterrey, NL, Mexico
A. If you meant "which silver is less prone to tarnishing" then it would be pure/fine silver (which is usually too soft for most jewelry applications).Jason Aube
- Flint, Michigan
A. Some sterling silver is coated with (I think) "Rodidium" I've also heard it called Mexican or Argentinean silver and this does not tarnish. Could someone please tell me if this is the correct metal.Paula Newcombe
That would be "rhodium", Paula.
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey
- Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Thanks, Paula. Argentium® silver is apparently an alloy that includes germanium which is claimed to discourage tarnishing. I don't personally know much else about it but some silversmiths apparently feel it's quite good.
Argentium Silver Earrings
February 26, 2010
Q. I've been looking into buying a sterling silver anklet. I spent the last few days learning everything I can about sterling silver. I felt like, I guess I'll just have to maintain my anklet to keep it in new condition. Then I came across this article about argentium silver. How does it look and feel? Is it really tarnish resistant?Cameron Campbell
buyer - Tracy, California
August 25, 2013
- SOUTHINGTON Connecticut USA