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Argentium sterling silver
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Argentium silver is the result of research by Peter Johns at the School of Art & Design, Middlesex University. The project began in 1990 with research on the effects of germanium additions to silver alloys. Germanium was discovered to impart the following properties to sterling silver:
- Firescale elimination
- High tarnish resistance
- Precipitation hardening and simple heat-hardening properties
- Increased ductility
- Increased thermal and electrical resistance (making alloys suitable for welding and laser forming)
- Environmental advantages (associated with not having to remove or plate over firescale)
Argentium silver is patented and trademarked by Argentium Silver Company, UK.
If you would like to read more about Argentium Sterling Silver you can visit their website at: http://www.argentiumsterlingsilver.com/
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