Black Patina

A selection of our Argentium Silver jewelry is decorated with a beautiful black patina. A naturally occurring process (silver reacting with the sulfur in the air) is re-created and sped-up in the workshop with the help of Liver of Sulfur.

 

Technically, Liver of Sulfur is a "not well-defined mixture of potassium sulfides". In reality and in the workshop, it is a very smelly substance (think rotten eggs), that needs much ventilation. 

 

 

 

 

Applying the Patina

 

An electro-cleaning process ensures the jewelry pieces are perfectly clean. 

A small piece of Liver of Sulfur is dissolved in hot water, the jewelry is briefly suspended in the solution, removed, brass-brushed and re-dipped. The process is repeated until a deep black finish is achieved.

A layer of clear high-end jewelry lacquer is added to protect the patina.

 

Any jewelry with a patina, especially high-wear items like rings and bracelets, needs to be handled with more care to avoid abrading the patina.  

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