Questions About Silver

by Patti Pojer.

Questions About Silver  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Just wondering if anyone has ideas, vendors who sell Sterling Silver chains… unfinished / finished that do not come with major tarnish spending too much time cleaning and not creating!

Also advise for best cleaners for .925 Sterling Silver..findings and a jewelry cleaning machine?

And may I have a distinction between .925 Sterling and Argentium?

Thanks so much!
Peace and All Good

Patti Pojer
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  • Hi Patti! Here’s a post discussing the various types of silver used in jewelry:
    Jewelry Making Silver.
    And you can scroll through the posts about various ways to clean jewelry and metals in the Cleaning Jewelry category.
    I hope this helps, and I’d love to see other jewelry artists’ tips too! 🙂

  • Dianne says:

    I buy all my chain from Rio Grande jewelry supplies. As with everything I order from Rio, it always arrives nice and bright and I toss in an anti-tarnish strip as soon as I get it. For polishing I use a pro-polish bad or a sunshine cloth. If the chain is really tarnished i just toss it in the pickle for a few minutes, rinse and polish with the above. If you would like the links, you can email me.

  • Hello
    My main source is Fire Mountain Gems which carry over 100,000 items, they will also have what you need.
    Once in a while, I have use Rio Grande.

  • Johanna Shipley says:

    Lately I have switched from using sterling chains to using stainless steel chains. My customers love them because they never have to worry about tarnish or allergies, both great selling points. Something to consider . . .

  • Sue says:

    Is it ok to use Tarn-X on sterling silver ? I have used it and it works great, am I doing any harm to the metal?

  • Patti Pojer says:

    Thank you all for your help, I am learning a great deal!
    Very busy day!

    Riogrande customer chat helped me select an ion machine to assist with Cleaning tarnish
    as well as article on Silver Tarnish in General…I was impressed with how much they assisted me…also mentionned the same as Rena, when I asked about using the silica gel packs as a way of helping with tarnish by way of keeping out moisture..discussed the anti tarnish plastic bags…as a great idea! They confirmed all
    I have heard such wondeful things about Rio Grande, I will order a few chains in the future,
    I do like supporting Esty stores as well, 2 stores that had convos with me regarding tarnish and a sense of pride were:
    Creating at Unkamen
    Thunder Moon Chain Shop

    Rio Grande Ionic Cleaner Machine
    riogrande.com/product/speedbrite-200sb-turbo-ionic-cleaner/336326

    Great Article
    hermansilver.com/care.htm

    I am using antitarnish bags with either a 3M strip or silica gel pack…for my storage and plan on providing my customers with the strip or silica gel pack

    I love sterling not ready to change !!

  • Patti, thank you for sharing all your research with us! 🙂

  • Barbara Maloney says:

    Hi Patti,

    I buy my chains from Rio Grande Jewelry suppliers and occasionally from vendors at shows. I keep them in tightly sealed bags with a desiccating bag, that comes in things like medicine or other packages.
    Argentium is 93% silver and 7% Germanium, as opposed to Sterling’s 92.55 silver and &,5% copper. The Germanium has great anti tarnish properties, but causes the metal to be brittle when heated, i.e., if you mess with it while soldering it tends to crack! It fuses very well. It can be stamped with a Sterling stamp, because it has more silver in it. There is a stamp for Argentium, but it is very expensive.
    Hope that helps!
    Barbara Maloney

  • Barbara Maloney says:

    Hi Patti,
    I’m not sure what happened when I typed in my amounts of silver, copper, and Germanium! Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and the rest is copper. Argentium is 93.5% silver and the rest is Germanium and a small amount of copper. There is also an Argentium 960 that has high enough silver content to be hallmarked in Great Britain.
    I have never used that product, but “regular” Argentium is fussy with heat.
    Sorry for any confusion!

    Barbara Maloney

  • Patti Pojer says:

    Dear Barbara,
    Thank you so much for this info! I appreciate you clarifying…! So much to learn!
    Your hints are so helpful!
    Happy Spring

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