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Sterling Silver vs. Plated silver vs. Argentium Silver

Sterling Silver:

  • Sterling silver contains a minimum of 92.5% pure silver.
  • It is the remaining 7.5% which causes it to tarnish. 
  • Pure silver is too soft for jewelry so it needs to be alloyed
  • It will last for a long time if cared for properly.
  • Hypoallergenic. It doesn't cause allergies or reactions in most people. Some people are allergic, however


Silver Plated:

  • Silver plated items are made of a lesser quality metal and then covered with a thin layer of silver, making them less valuable than jewelry made of sterling silver.
  • Non-hypoallergenic. It may cause reactions in some people.

Argentium Silver:

  • Argentium is a form of sterling silver that is composed of the same amount of silver as sterling silver. However germanium is added to the silver to make up the remaining %.
  • Does not tarnish.
  • Hypoallergenic