Know Everything About The Use of Silver for Jewelry and Ornaments
Silver is a
white metal that is soft, which makes it highly malleable. It is easy
to draw out into thin wire or made into different shapes. It is very
attractive when used in jewelry because it can be polished to a high
shine that ill reflect 95% of the light that shines on it. The use of
silver for jewelry and ornaments has existed in the world since the
time of the ancient civilizations. Egyptian writings dated about
3000B.C. referred to the use of silver jewelry and in 77 A.D. Pliny
the Elder, a Roman writer, actually described in his writings the
process by which the silver jewelry was made. The discovery of large
silver deposits in Central and South America during the 16th and 17th
centuries sparked the quest for silver in the New World. In fact,
there were large silver mining operations in place in Mexico and
Bolivia as early as the middle of the 1500's.
Pure silver is
not used in the manufacture of silver jewelry because it is too soft.
Silver jewelry usually contains alloys because they are harder and
resist tarnishing much better than pure silver. The silver alloy that
most people are familiar with is sterling silver. Sterling silver
jewelry contains approximately 93% silver and 7 % copper. Silver and
copper are closely related and when they are combined, the silver
does not react when it is exposed to the air. Some other kinds of
silver jewelry contain a higher percentage of copper and also have
traces of gold.
is not as expensive as gold jewelry, perhaps because silver itself is
fairly inexpensive. Many people prefer sterling
silver jewelry to gold because of the price and the fact that it
often looks to be shinier gold and therefore is more noticeable.