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Is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver has a minimum fineness of 925.
SILVER, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing, as well as casting and fire scale. Such elements include germanium, zinc, silicon and boron.
Born in Gallup New Mexico, Elgin learned to silversmith when he was growing up and helped his father and grandfather, both of whom made fine handcrafted jewelry. His grandfather made all of his own unique stamps by hand and crafted jewelry using stamp work techniques and bezel set turquoise. Today, Elgin is a fine craftsman and like to create his jewelry using natural turquoise tones. Elgin creates his pieces as he is working on them letting the design evolve as part of the silversmith process. His creations include the traditional stamp work techniques that he learned as a child. Elgin also creates contemporary pieces that are inspired by his own unique creative process as he works with the silver and stones he selects. Elgin has four children who are learning his family’s fine silversmithing techniques.