Question: Where can I buy sterling silver and silver plated findings and chain that will not tarnish?

I’m tired of my silver turning yellow in a year.


Sterling silver will always tarnish eventually if left to the open air. You can prevent your sterling from tarnishing by keeping it in a zip-lock bag. If it still seems to tarnish, you can buy anti-tarnish paper from a jeweler’s supply.

Silver-plate- I don’t recommend silver plate- it can wear off and all your hard work will look like crap (pardon the potty-talk).

Another alternative is to buy argentium silver instead of sterling. Argentium silver is a new silver alloy that is being marketed as anti-tarnish silver.

Some Background

Sterling silver is an alloy – It is 92.5% silver, and 7.5% copper. The copper gives the silver strength but all makes it more susceptible to tarnish.

Argentium silver is an alloy as well. It is 92.5% silver, and 7.5% germanium. It is said to be highly tarnish resistant.

Here is some more info about Argentium silver from Argentium Silver Findings

Argentium® Sterling Silver is highly tarnish-resistant.

Since it is made to a higher standard than traditional sterling silver, Argentium® Sterling Silver is guaranteed to be not less than 92.5% pure.

Through the heat treatment process Argentium® Sterling Silver can be made nearly twice as hard as annealed standard


The tarnish resistance is obtained through the alloying of Germanium with the silver. The result is a highly tarnish resistant material that does not require harsh chemicals to clean. If it needs cleaning it can be wiped with a soft cloth to restore the original sparkling white color. Do not use a cloth that has tarnish from conventional sterling silver as the tarnish might contaminate the Argentium® Silver.

Argentium® Silver Findings works directly with the manufacturer to provide designers and artisans with the highest quality Argentium® silver findings to create your beautiful designs that will stay beautiful for many years to come.

Argentium® Silver has been tested extensively and has been found to be highly tarnish-resistant. However, some individuals’ body chemistry may react to copper. Since Argentium® Silver does contain copper, as does conventional sterling silver, individuals whose body chemistry reacts to copper can cause the Argentium® Silver to tarnish. Individuals who react to copper should understand that there is a possibility that their body chemistry may cause Argentium® Silver to tarnish.

If you are interested in buying argentium silver wire and findings, here are some sources:

(disclaimer- I haven’t purchased from any of these suppliers personally so I can’t vouch for them. I’m just adding them in as possibilities to check out.)

Cool Tools has Argentium wire in 22 and 24 gauge.


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Anti-tarnising By Adding Some Metals
by: meteYou can make silver anti-tarnish by adding tin and zinc may be some silicon.

Argentium Has Copper
by: AnonymousStandard Argentium is 92.5% silver, ~6.5% copper and ~1% germanium, not 7.5% germanium.

by: johnDear Author,

Thank you so much for the post. It was so interesting.

Now, could you tell how should we melt and cool the argentium? I mean, is there a diagram or something?

Also, please say a little about the price of this thing.


Don’t Try To Make Your Own Alloys
by: AnonymousThere’s no need to make your own Argentium. Just buy what you need. You can find sheet and wire here:

Jewelry Cleaning Cloths
by: AnonymousI have a double-sided cloth that I purchased from a jewelry store.

One side removes the tarnish and the other side polishes. I use it on my costume jewelry about once every two months and twice a year on gold and silver jewelry.

Rodium Plated Jewelry
by: AnonymousRhodium plated jewelry is the best! No need to clean at all, just give it a good life, no perfume or pool.


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Christine Gierer

I'm Christine Gierer and I'm obsessed with making jewelry and teaching others how to do it too. I've been a creative person all my life, and I've done all kinds of things like art, sociology, and counseling. But nothing makes me happier than playing with beads, wires, and tools and sharing my tips and tricks with you. I have two awesome websites where you can find tons of tutorials, courses, and workshops on how to make jewelry and how to sell it online.

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