Silver mining dates back thousands of years. The Royal Society of Chemistry reported that the first evidence of this was found in Turkey and Greece around 3000 B.C. Given its beautiful sheen, it’s not surprising that there are 14 or more different languages where the words, “silver” and “money,” are identical. Since silver can be formed into jewelry as well as decorative and functional items, it continues to be valued.
A Few Details About Silver’s Properties and Usage
As previously mentioned, silver has a naturally beautiful sheen. When polished, however, 95% of the visible light spectrum can be reflected on its surface. Silver in its pure form is on the soft side. As a result, it is not used to create jewelry and tableware. Instead, Sterling silver, which is an alloy composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper, is used for jewelry, tableware, and other items. Sometimes, other metals are added for a variety of purposes and effects.
During the 19th and 20th centuries,