I choose Argentium Silver because it is resistant to tarnish, and is made with reclaimed silver. I hammered this ring out of 6-gauge square silver stock, leaving the hammer marks on the band. It is size 9 (18.9 mm. diameter). It can be bent a little upsize or downsize, but if you’re finger isn’t very close to size 9, this isn’t the ring for you. For this product, I take new photos for each listing. What you see in the pictures is exactly what you will receive if you order. The following description of Argentium Silver is courtesy of Rio Grande: Made with a touch of germanium, Argentium® Silver presents a bright white color that is closer to fine silver than traditional sterling, yet is highly resistant to firescale and less likely to tarnish under most conditions. It welds flawlessly and is ideal for fusing techniques. All Argentium is made from reclaimed silver and its sources are guaranteed by Argentium International Ltd. Your customers will appreciate the value and convenience of brighter-white sterling silver designs that resist tarnishing and keep on shining. I made this using blacksmith techniques, and it was a new learning experience. I wanted to try it, but there are other ways to hammer out a leaf, and I humbly admit that I’ll probably try one of those other ways next time. We’ll see.