Fine silver is an alloy of 99.9% pure silver, with the remainder being trace impurities.
Sterling silver is a common alloy of silver made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper.
Argentium sterling silver is a new, patented alloy of silver which includes 92.5% silver just like standard sterling silver, but replaces some of the copper with germanium to provide additional tarnish resistance. Argentium Sterling Silver will tarnish, but at a much slower rate than standard sterling silver. The resulting tarnish is light yellow in color and washes off with soap and water.
Silver is used in making jewelry because of its ability to be polished to a shiny surface, as well as its beauty.
Comparison of Argentium Sterling Silver to other jewelry wire.
View a variety of silver-plated, silver-filled and sterling silver jewelry wire here.