Today we want to take a closer look at silver. Amongst some of the most popular metals used in the whole of human existence, silver has a long and interesting history. Silver is considered a precious metal and though not as highly valued as gold it comes close. The lustrous metal has been used in almost all aspects of day to day life, from currency to cutlery, in water filtration, solar panels and jewellery and many more. Due to its gleaming finish, silver is one of the most favoured metals in jewellery. Continue reading this article to learn more and for some fashionable recommendations.
Silver is first and foremost a chemical element with the symbol Ag with atomic number 47. In its free elemental form silver is found in the Earth’s crust. It is usually found in the form of an alloy with other metals, or minerals like argentite. The majority of silver, however, is produced through the refinement of copper, lead or zinc.
Silver is fairly soft, with a 2.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Silver is not a coloured metal, such as gold or copper, and in fact, gets its name from its colour. Derived from the Latin ‘argentum’ meaning ‘shiny’ or ‘white’. Silver is known as the most reflective metal, making it that more appealing to jewellers. It is also the most electrically and thermally conductive metal known to man.
History and Symbolism
Silver is seen as one of the “seven metals of antiquity”. Alongside gold, copper, tin, lead, iron and mercury, silver was discovered and utilised by our prehistoric ancestors. In some countries, such as Egypt, silver was even more expensive and valued than gold.
Symbolically silver has been important ever since its discovery. It featured in many mythologies. In folklore, silver was believed to be one of the purest metals and thus had magical properties in detecting poison as well as being the only thing to strike down a number of monsters, amongst which werewolves. Silver was also associated with the moon, primarily due to its pale, almost white colour.
Perfect for summer, this Thomas Sabo sterling silver ring is playful and glamorous. The ring features a design of a butterfly. Crystals in different cuts have been set into the butterfly wings. The design of the ring will ensure you’re sparkling all summer long.
If you’re after a more elegant silver piece, we suggest the Ice Queen stud earrings from Olivia Burton. Set into a polished silver backing are clear crystals. The inspiration behind the design are snowflakes and their uniqueness. The different cuts of crystals on the earrings add shine and reflect light differently bringing life to the design.
This ChloBo bracelet is simple and understated. Interest is added to the design through the shapes of the sterling silver beads. Mini cubes and ball beads create a unique look. The bracelet features two charms, a crescent moon and a sun charm.
This adorable necklace by Radley is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. On a thin oval-link chain is attached a small silver envelope. The envelope opens to reveal a miniature pocket with a small “note” attached in rose-gold. The letter is connected to the envelope via a chain to ensure it doesn’t get lost. The words “Hello Love” are engraved into the rose-gold plate.
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at silver, which do you prefer, silver or gold? Let us know in the comments below.