: a white, ductile metallic element, used for making mirrors, coins, ornaments, table utensils, photographic chemicals, conductors, etc.
Atomic Symbol: Ag
Silver in its purest form (or fine silver) is highly malleable and too soft to be used as-is for jewelry and everyday use. It is normally alloyed with copper. Centuries of use and experimentation have shown this combination to have higher strength and durability.
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.
Apart from its usage in jewelry, Silver has extensive uses in other application. To name a few:
- Glass coatings and other related applications
Expensive silverware was passed down as heirlooms for many generations. With proper care the silver jewelry will last you a lifetime. To avoid scratches, always store your silver jewelry in pouches and boxes to minimize rubbing. Also avoid contact with common household cleaners. Swimming in chlorinated water will damage silver
Like gold, silver jewelry prices vary significantly since many external factors affect the price as a whole. Some of these are:
- Type of silver
- Silver market value
- Craftsmanship and labor on a particular jewelry piece