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Caring for Argentium Sterling Silver Jewelry

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Argentium Sterling Silver ... what is it?I've talked about Argentium before in my blog. I've sung its praises, I've shown it and described it to everyone I meet (it seems) but I still hear a question now and then that breaks my heart: "What is Argentium - is it real Sterling silver?"  ...  alas, my tiny little world is not the world where everyone lives. So I'll start with some basic information.
One way to understand Argentium Sterling Silver is to compare it to standard Sterling Silver, which more people are familiar with. Regular Sterling contains 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. In addition, it contains a tiny bit of "something else" which acts as the hardener. If you've read my previous blog posts, you'll know that this little bit of unidentified silver stuff can sometimes be nickel, and for those of us with allergies, is the source of some aggravation.  
Enter: Argentium Sterling Silver. Argentium Sterling Silver is correctly identifie…