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Fine silver vs Sterling silver vs Argentium

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

They look the same, but what is the actual difference between the silvers?

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

Britannia silver: 95.8% 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.

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