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  • Why Silver?

    Hi,

    I am puzzled over the fact, why people would want to buy sterling silver jewelry, when they tend to tarnish over time?

    Is there any way to prevent silver from tarnish?

    Regards,
    Anson

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    OOhhh, lots of reasons really why people would rather buy silver than gold.
    It's cheaper so they can have several pieces rather than just one, it goes better with certain colours, they just prefer it, if you loose it it's not too expensive to replace, most designers use silver so there is more opportunity to buy a unique piece. I do not make anything gold and have no trouble selling it.
    Silver does tarnish but it will stay relatively tarnish free if you wear it often, and it is very quick and easy to clean it. Fine silver - like hill tribe silver is 95-99% silver so it tarnished less and there is a new type out called argentium sp? which is made specially to be tarnish free.


    Melanie

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    • #3
      Originally posted by silvermaid View Post
      OOhhh, lots of reasons really why people would rather buy silver than gold.
      It's cheaper so they can have several pieces rather than just one, it goes better with certain colours, they just prefer it, if you loose it it's not too expensive to replace, most designers use silver so there is more opportunity to buy a unique piece. I do not make anything gold and have no trouble selling it.
      Silver does tarnish but it will stay relatively tarnish free if you wear it often, and it is very quick and easy to clean it. Fine silver - like hill tribe silver is 95-99% silver so it tarnished less and there is a new type out called argentium sp? which is made specially to be tarnish free.


      Melanie
      Thanks for your response. Yup, it does seems to be a great idea of frequent buying silver in comparison to the highly priced gold, whereby the price of gold only provides you with one design, but with that sum of money could buy you a couple favorite silver designs.

      It seems that Argentium Silver is newly launched in 2008. Did you tried buying it?

      Just wondering would more people prefer to spend a bit more to buy tarnish free silver or would they just prefer to buy normal sterling silver?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by anson View Post
        Hi,

        Is there any way to prevent silver from tarnish?

        Regards,
        Anson
        Like silvermaid says - silver should be worn regularly to prevent tarnishing.

        A good tip for when you're not wearing it is to keep your pieces in an airtight bag like grip-seal.
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        • #5
          The oils on skin help to keep sterling silver in good condition so whe not wearing it definately keep it in a grip seal airtight bag.
          When I sell a piece(I use sts chain/components)I send it with a grip seal bag for the new owner to keep it in.I also store them in grip bags when they are finished.
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          • #6
            I wouldn't get too excited about this one - he's advertising argentium silver, and his computer's in singapore. Is it only me can smell these? The clue is in the way they spell jewellery....................it's like the $ sign in e mails, shouts out Spam!

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            • #7
              clever Peter

              very clever Peter but how do you he's abroad can you see where he's writing from or something
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              • #8
                I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it may incriminate me. Next?

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                • #9
                  There was me thinking I was being helpful, I supose I should have been suspicious of ' Did you tried buying it?' rather than have you bought it?
                  At least I didn't visit their site as well and push the rating up.
                  Thanks Peter or should that be Poirot?

                  Melanie
                  Last edited by silvermaid; 08-06-2008, 11:04 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Supermoderator!

                    Methinks Peter is suspicious of everyone, am I right?

                    Funny with it though, I like the humour
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                    • #11
                      Mr Beadsage rules, ok

                      Like the previous person, I like the dry homour too. You rock Beadsage.
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                      • #12
                        Hi all,

                        This has been a really interesting thread, the grip seal bags are really useful. I have one piece that has tarnished - what's the best way to get rid of it?

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                        • #13
                          I use a blue silver polishing cloth available from places like Wilkinsons for a couple of pounds. Never use jewellery dips or polishes on any piece with gemstones.
                          Auntynet

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                          • #14
                            I don't know about any oils on human skin which prevent silver from tarnishing but I know that there is a lot of people who like to wear silver sometimes they oxidize so it looks older on purpose.
                            Personally I love wearing jewelry which looks older.
                            What is more that some people are allergic to silver plated jewelry and don't care when it tarnishes or keep it clean.

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                            • #15
                              This thread got me wondering about the none tarnish silver so I did a little googling. Seems it's a british discovery. http://www.argentiumsilver.info/inde...eter-johns-bio
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