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10 Interesting Facts About Silver

In the post with 5 random facts about me, I mentioned that the “925” in my username comes from my love for silver. This number stamped on silver products means that there’s 92,5% of silver in the metal. Silver is rather soft, so to make things out of it, it’s usually mixed with other materials, most often copper. The number 925 is proof that the jewellery meets the standards for sterling silver. “Sterling” refers to the silver pennies introduced by the Normans.

I decided to share some more interesting facts about this metal.

  1. Silver is a chemical element with the symbol Ag. It comes from the Latin argentum, derived from the Proto-Indo-European word meaning “shiny” or “white”.
  2. In ancient Egypt, silver was valued much more highly than gold.
  3. Silver was one of the first five elements discovered, along with gold, copper, lead and iron and has been mined for over 6000 years.
  4. Ancient civilizations often associated silver jewellery with special powers, like healing, good fortune, and protection from evil spirits.
  5. In alchemy, silver is associated with the moon, sea and various lunar goddesses.
  6. In the middle ages, a pound of currency was equal to a pound of silver in weight. 
  7. Silver is the most reflective element, reflecting 95% of the visible light spectrum. 
  8. 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.
  9. Argentina got its name from the Spanish adjective meaning ‘silvery’, because when Spanish conquerors landed there the natives presented them with silver objects.
  10. Silver has antibacterial properties.

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  1. Gold is the my preferred metal, but I love silver jewelry as well. I gave up on silver jeweler as it is hard to maintain. I still have some oxidized silver jewelry. I did not know that silver had antibiotic properties.,

    • That’s true; I clean silver with a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice easily, but it’s a risky business if there are natural stones in the jewelry. Gold has antibacterial properties too. Truly amazing materials.

    • I remember that when I was a little, our kindergarden teacher used to rub a coin on kids’ bruices (quite unhygienic when I think about it now), but I don’t know whether it had to do with the metal or just the rubbing sensation calmed the pain. The coins weren’t silver either.

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