Argentium Silver - All you need to know

Silver (Ar) has been around since ancient times. We are still unsure who discovered silver and there's no indication that the form of the word in any of the ancient languages such as classical Greek and Latin, exists to honour its discoverer.

Silver is a very ductile, malleable (slightly harder than gold), coinage metal with a brilliant white metallic lustre that can take a high degree of polish.

Silver is stable in oxygen and water but tarnishes when exposed to sulphur compounds in air or water to form a black sulphide layer

Some of our chains from Italy are rhodium plated to keep the white look for longer. Argentium silver, used at Jenna Clifford, does not need to be rhodium plated because of its precious characteristics.

All silver jewellery cannot be rhodium plated as the metal can contaminate the rhodium solution

Argentium Silver

At Jenna Clifford, we use Argentium Silver [960] for silver creations, replacing the previously used Sterling Silver [925]. We chose to move to Argentium because of a few distinct characteristics:

PURITY: Argentium's 935 and 960 grades set new purity standards for silver. Argentium is purer than traditional sterling silver.

NATURAL BEAUTY: Plating is prone to wear and tear and is commonly used on silver items to give the temporary illusion of purity. Argentium is the natural colour of pure silver through and through.

BRIGHTNESS: Argentium silver is brighter than platinum, white gold and traditional sterling. It is the whitest of them all.

LONGER LASTING SHINE:  Argentium silver is low maintenance, easy to care for and simple to clean.

RESPONSIBLE SILVER: It is certified that Argentium is produced using only recycled silver.

 

Caring for Silver Jewellery

Clean gently with mild soap or polish with a silver cloth. For a more thorough clean, a commercial silver dip or silver bath may be used.

Do not expose your silver jewellery to abrasive chemicals (fragrance, hair spray, body lotion) or water.

Always store items separately in a cool, dry place.

 

And a few fun facts

Silver kills bacteria by chemically affecting the cell membranes, breaking them down. Bacteria do not develop resistance to Silver, as they do to many antibiotics.

Today, Peru and Mexico are the largest producers of silver. In fourteen languages, the words for silver and money are the same.

The expression 'born with a Silver spoon in their mouth' stems from health rather than wealth status, as children fed with Silver utensils were believed to be healthier.

In the earliest Egyptian records, Silver was considered more precious than Gold.

Argentina was named from Argentum, the element of Silver's Latin name.

Silver is the best conductor of heat of all elements. Its uses in solar panels and automobile rear window defoggers take advantage of this quality.

We hope this sheds a little more light on this beautiful metal we use in our creations.

 

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