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Informative facts about silver

Silver has a rich history, it has been used since ancient times and evidence of silver mining dates back to 3000 BC. Silver was one of the first five metals to be discovered and used on our planet.
Ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and Sumerians valued silver for its decorative and monetary value.
Throughout history, silver has been more than just a metal or a commodity; it has been a catalyst for economic development, the support of empires, a driver of exploration, and an enduring symbol of wealth and status.

So let's get to know silver a little closer:
 

Popular in jewelry
Silver is highly valued in the jewelry industry for its optimal combination of luster, reflectivity, and durability. A favorite among jewelers and consumers, it is used in everything from high-end designer pieces to affordable fashion jewelry.

 

Historical currency
Historically, around the world, silver has been used more often than gold as a currency. This is due to its relative abundance compared to gold.

 

Usage in the development of photography
Before the digital era, silver played a crucial role in traditional photography. Silver halide crystals were used in photographic film and paper, reacting to light to form images.


 

Application in industry
Silver plays a crucial role in industry due to its excellent properties. It is used for electrical conductivity, in solar panels for conducting electricity, brazing/soldering for strong bonds. Silver catalysts aid in chemical processes, while its antimicrobial properties are valuable in water purification and medical devices. In addition, the reflectivity of silver makes it ideal for mirrors. In general, the versatility of silver makes it indispensable in various industrial sectors.


 

Antibacterial properties
Like pure silver, 925 silver has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, although they are slightly less effective than 100% pure silver due to the presence of copper. During World War I, silver compounds were used to help reduce the spread of infection. Even today, silver is used in wound dressings and medical devices to prevent infections.

 

Meaning in culture
Silver has not only economic and industrial uses, but also various cultural, symbolic and health-related roles. In many cultures, silver is associated with purity and clarity, and is often used in religious and ceremonial objects. It is believed to provide health benefits and protective properties.


 

Silver used to be more valuable than gold
In ancient times, silver was often considered more valuable than gold due to its scarcity and unique properties. In some cultures, silver was more important for ceremonial, religious, and monetary purposes.

 

The origin of silver cutlery
The tradition of using silverware for meals dates back to the Middle Ages, when people believed that the metal could detect poison (their chemical reaction). Nobles used silverware to protect themselves from possible poisoning.


 

Silver and superstition
In many cultures, silver is believed to bring good luck and protect against evil spirits. Silver coins are often placed under doormats or in shoes for good luck, while silver jewelry is worn for protection. In mythologies and folklore around the world, silver is often associated with mystical powers. It often appears in stories as a symbol of purity, wealth and magic.


 

Sterling silver durability

925 silver, also known as sterling silver, is an excellent choice for items that are frequently handled or subjected to wear and tear (such as jewelry, silverware, and musical instruments) due to its unique properties and composition.

 

Sterling silver is a mixture of two metals
Since pure silver is too soft to make durable items, other metals are added to pure silver to make it hard.
The well-known sterling silver proof "925" shows how much pure silver is in the product - 92.5% silver, the remaining 7.5% from another metal (usually copper or nickel).


 

Sterling silver is a recyclable material

Recycling is indeed a hot and popular topic globally across various industries. The jewelery industry is not far behind, with more and more brands moving towards environmental sustainability. Recycling 925 silver involves melting down the metal to remove any impurities and then reshaping it into new items, such as jewelry, silverware, or other decorative objects. The recycled silver retains its quality and properties, making it an environmentally friendly and sustainable option for manufacturing. Recycling jewelry will not only significantly reduce CO2 emissions, but will also use much less energy. Forests will be saved and preserved. Animal lives will also be saved in forests that are cut down for metal mines. 

 

How to tell if a piece of jewelry is made of real silver
Unfortunately, there are dishonest individuals who may try to deceive consumers by applying "silver proof" markings to non-genuine silver products.
- Look for silver proof on the jewelry that indicate its silver content.
- Check silver jewelry with a magnet, silver is not magnetic and will not be attracted to it. Place a magnet near the item and see if it's attracted to it. If the magnet is attracted, the item likely contains little to no silver.
- Use the ice test. Silver is an excellent conductor of heat, so it quickly transfers heat away from the skin. Hold the ice cube to the jewelry for a few seconds.If the metal does not feel as cold as expected, or if the ice cube melts slowly, it may indicate that the item is not made of genuine silver.
- Consult a professional. If you are unsure about the authenticity of the silver, consider consulting a professional jeweler or appraiser who can use specialized equipment to determine the item's silver content.


 

And this is only a small part of the information about silver.
It must be said that silver's timeless allure, remarkable properties, and diverse uses make it a metal of lasting significance. From its role in ancient civilizations to its modern uses in technology, healthcare, and beyond, silver continues to fascinate and inspire. Whether cherished for its beauty, valued for its conductivity, or revered for its cultural and historical significance, silver is a symbol of human ingenuity and creativity.

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