Marye Brenda offers both Traditional Sterling Silver and Argentium Silver. Both are beautiful and create fabulous jewelry. After being introduced to Argentium silver, we have decided to continue all future jewelry creations using this versatile, unique and highly tarnish resistant metal. Results are clear in our Studio. Argentium silver does NOT tarnish nearly as quick as Sterling silver. In order to prolong this tarnish resistant metal, we also put the metal in our Kiln with high heat for several hours. Argentium also will be used when applying 24K gold in our Keum Boo creations.
What is Argentium Silver?
Argentium silver is 93.5% pure silver whereas traditional Sterling silver is 92.5%. Traditional Sterling adds 7.% copper. Argentium silver removes the copper and adds an alloy called germanium which gives it its unique and superior properties beneficial to consumers.
Benefits of Argentium silver:
Highly Tarnish Resistant: Because it is a purer silver than traditional Sterling silver, it is highly resistant to the effects of tarnishing agents (including pollution, perspiration and UV light). We, at the studio, increase its resistant to tarnish by exposing the metals to high heat in our Kiln.
Hypoallergenic: This means that Argentium Silver is suitable for those who are unable to wear traditional Sterling Silver.
Responsible: It is certified that Argentium is produced using 100% recycled silver.
As a member of the Argentium Guild, Marye Brenda Studios has applied for and has received the high honor of being a licenced user of the Argentium Brand and Trademarks. This entitles us the unique ability to use the Winged Unicorn Mark and the "Made in Argentium Silver" logo. Our license and stamp number is AS 1834.