What is Silver?
Throughout history Silver has been associated with purity. European folklore has long held silver to be an antidote to various illnesses and evils, such as Vampires and Werewolves. But what exactly is this mystic metal who's adoration has transcended societies and cultures?
Pure Silver has quite the spec sheet. Among its notable qualities:
* Silver has the highest optical reflectivity index of any metal (higher than gold or platinum!).
* Silver has the highest thermal conductivity of any metal.
* Silver has the highest electrical conductivity of any metal.
* Silver is the whitest and brightest of all metals.
Pure Silver is quite soft, too soft and malleable for use in jewelry. That's why almost all jewelry is made of Sterling Silver. Sterling Silver is defined, by law, as 92.5% Pure Silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The high percentage of pure Silver allows it to keep a high degree of its characteristics and value while giving the metal hardness and strength.
It's a little known fact, but Pure Silver does not tarnish in pure air and pure water! It's pollutants in air and water that cause silver to tarnish, specifically trace amounts sulfur gases in the air and hydrogen sulfide in water. Light speeds up the silver tarnish process. For this reason it's a good idea to store your silver jewelry in a zip-lock bag and keep it out of the sun. For the very best ways prevent tarnish and/or clean silver jewelry click on the related articles at the bottom of this page!
Other uses of Silver:
Silver has been and/or is used in Medicine, photographic film, food colorings, clothing, wine, and a variety of other uses. Its truly a remarkable metal.
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