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Earrings for metal sensitivity


Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, May 27, 2007 2:35 AM (Eastern)

Say...I have this on my Beading Blog, but I recently got a heads-up that "argentium sterling silver" might be better for people with metal sensitivity, than regular sterling silver.

I was skeptical, if only because I've never been able to wear sterling silver ear wires and didn't think argentium would be any different. Argentium sterling silver is a patented new alloy for sterling silver. Part of the metal that traditional sterling silver is alloyed with, has been replaced by an element called germanium. I'm like, so...only part of the metal has been replaced, and I can never find out exactly how much (likely a trade secret).

Anyhow, I went ahead and made a test pair of hoop earrings out of argentium silver wire to see if there was anything to it:

argentium sterling silver hoop earring

(Normally I'd make them thicker, but this was the only argentium silver wire I had on hand.)

I wore these earrings for a couple of days and was surprised and delighted. No swelling, oozing, itching, redness, pain...at all.

Did some surfing on the Net and found that others had reported the same results.

Jewelry makers are only now starting to use argentium silver more widely...partly because it wasn't that easy to find it before, only a few vendors carried it. But now more and more vendors are supplying this alloy, so I think it's safe to say you will be able to find more and more jewelry made with argentium silver.

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