Sterling silver-filled wire and findings are a high-quality precious-metal alternative that gives designers great results in their finished jewelry, as well as offers a tremendous value. Sterling silver-filled wire is available in all three tempers: dead-soft, half-hard and full-hard, and ranges in thickness from 30 gauge (the finest) to 18 gauge (the thickest). The findings include jumprings, earwires and hoop earrings all in gauges ranging from 18 gauge to 23 gauge, which brings great versatility to you and your designs.
Sterling silver-filled wire and findings are fabricated with an outer layer of sterling silver (.925/20) over a copper-alloy core. The findings have additional silver plating for uniformity and then each, the wire and findings, are finished with an anti-tarnish coating to preserve the beauty and luster of the silver. This fabrication and plating process yields a metal that is great to work with as well as has the look and feel of sterling silver at a fraction of the cost.
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads worked for over two years with one of the largest precious metal fabricators in the world to develop this product line. They have also tested to see what the limits and attributes are of this metal product. Test results are in and here's what we discovered:
Highlights from Forming Round Wire Testing
All Test Pieces Were Tested Further in Patination and Polishing
Highlights from the Testing of the Sterling silver-filled Findings
The loop on the earwire was opened and closed several times and retained its "springiness." The earwires also took a nice patina and polish.
The jumprings are accurate in measurements, had no burs, opened and closed well and retained "springiness."
Further testing will be done with this wonderful new product and a new report will be issued to keep you completely informed.
Shop the selection of sterling silver-filled wire and findings and see for yourself the tremendous value and workability of this innovative product line.
|We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the article, "Sterling silver-filled Wire Performance Results," featured in the January 18, 2011 newsletter. Please keep in mind that the comments expressed below are those of our customers and do not reflect the views of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.|
"Thank you for sending me this information. I'm so glad that silver findings can be developed to be tarnish resistant without being rhodium plated (very costly). I've been hesitant to develop my designs with sterling silver findings and have the items not look as wonderful as when first made due to the silver tarnishing. I will definitely check this out! Thanks for your research and letting us know of your "findings." LOL!"
"Actually, I just wanted to let your company know that informational articles/studies like this one are very helpful. Thanks for putting these out there and available to your consumers."
" Your information on Sterling-Filled wire and findings was very well done. I would like to try these findings for myself and work with them to see that they do perform as stated. Looking forward to that experience. Thank you for the research and report. This has been very helpful."
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