Fine silver v. Sterling silver v. Argentium
Updated: Jul 8
They look the same, but what is the actual difference between sterling silver, fine silver and argentium?
Most people will be aware of sterling silver - also known as 925 silver, which means it's 92.5% silver. The additional 7.5% is made up of other metals, usually copper. It is due to the copper content that sterling silver can be more prone to tarnishing.
The make up of the different silvers is:
Fine silver: 99.9% silver
Argentium: 93.5% silver
Sterling silver: 925% silver
Fine silver is the softest, because of the purity. It’s not usually used for making items which have heavy everyday wear such as rings . It’s usually used to set stones with a bezel setting so the metal can be carefully pushed over the stone with less force.