Silver is a wonderful precious metal, that's why I love working with it so much.
Here are some interesting things about Silver:
- The word ‘silver’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘seolfor’.
- Ancient civilizations learned how to separate silver from lead around 3000BC.
- In ancient Egypt, silver was valued much more highly than gold.
- Silver jewellery was often associated with special powers by ancient civilizations; they believed it brought healing powers, good fortune, and warded off evil spirits.
- Nuggets of pure silver can be found in nature; It is found in copper, lead, and zinc ores as well as argentite, horn silver, gold, and copper-nickel.
- Along with gold, silver is the most malleable metal. An ounce of silver can be made into a wire 8,000 feet long.
- Most of the world’s silver is now found in Mexico and Peru. Other countries with large quantities of silver include the US, Canada, Russia, and Australia. Most of it is found as a by-product of copper, lead and zinc mining.
- Argentina got its name from the Spanish adjective meaning ‘silvery’ because when Spanish conquerors landed there the natives presented them with silver objects.
- Silver occurs as a natural alloy with gold, known as electrum.
- The atomic number of silver is 47.
- Silver’s melting point is 961.78C and its boiling point is 2162C.
- Silver has been used as money since around 700BC.
- King Henry II coined the first silver currency in England in 1158.
- On the periodic table the chemical symbol for silver is Ag, which comes from the Latin word for silver, ‘argentum’. This in turn comes from the Sanksrit word Argunas, which means shining.
- A single grain of silver can be pressed into a sheet 150 times thinner than the average sheet of paper.
- Silver is harder than gold.
- Silver prices are normally quoted in troy ounces. One troy ounce is equal to 31.1034768 grams
Silver is so beautiful and has a lovely reflective quality. However, silver will naturally tarnish. When silver tarnishes, it combines with sulphur and forms silver sulphide. Silver sulphide is black. When a thin coating of silver sulphide forms on the surface of silver, it darkens the silver. The silver can be returned to its former lustre by removing the silver sulphide coating from the surface.
There are various ways to keep your sterling silver jewellery clean and shiny, you can check out my page under Useful Info. Its very quick and easy to keep sterling silver looking its best whichever way you choose.
Enjoy wearing your beautiful Sterling Silver Jewellery, have fun with it and use it it express your style and personality.
Take care as always
Love Maxine x