Silver is a (semi) precious metal that is widely used for jewelry. This soft metal is slightly harder than gold. Also this material has a long history. It’s known to mankind since 4000 B.C.
At that time it was mainly used as a means of payment and for art, just like gold.
Mercury used to be seen as some kind of silver. Hence the English nickname for mercury, quick silver.
Later on, they discovered that they’re two very different metals.
Nowadays it has many more applications. It is still used for art and jewelry. But also for electronic components and water purification.
Since it has disinfecting properties as well. For this reason, we use this metal to disinfect water up to 100 liters. In the old medicine colloidal silver was used as an antibiotic. A wonderful invention of the ancient Greeks. In the old West they used to throw silver coins in water puddles to make it drinkable.
It’s also a very good conductor for electricity, but most certainly for dimensional energies as well.
The energy of this metal is connected to our moon and sea. It enhances the high sensitivity and it symbolizes purity.
This remarkable metal is dedicated to the Greek Goddess Artemis. She symbolizes femininity and strength.
Like gold, this metal is also too soft to use it pure. For this, it’s often alloyed to make it harder.
Silver alloys also have different consistencies. The contents of this metal are indicated in thousands.
You may only call it silver if it contains more than 800 of a thousandths of silver. So more than 80%.
This probably was an old rule, because all the antique stuff usually has a content of 835 or 800.
There are three types of content in the Netherlands: 925, 835 and 800. Other countries may have different contents. But Sterling silver always has a content of 925, it is virtually international. This means that 7.5% other metals have been added. Copper is usually added for hardening.
Even though it is a semi precious metal, Sterling silver can “rust”. Also known as oxidation. If it oxidizes, it gets a thin black layer. This is due to the copper in the alloy.
If you have a major copper allergy, we do not recommend this material. Instead, you can use titanium.