NAME OF SILVER
English: Silver, Latin: Argentum, French: Argent,
German: Silber, Italian: Argento, Spanish: Plata.
Silver possesses, it's working qualities similar to gold but can achieve the most brilliant polish of any metal. To make it durable for jewelry, however, pure silver (999 fineness) is often alloyed with small quantities of copper. In many countries, Sterling Silver (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) is the standard for Jewelry and has been since the 14th century.
The copper toughens the silver and makes it possible to use silver 925 for decorative and fashionable jewelry.
Throughout the ages, silver jewelry has been associated with magical powers; believed to promote healing, bring good luck and for warding off evil spirits to the wearer. While these beliefs are not part of mainstream thinking today, some people still hold them true. Silver has always been held in high esteem and displayed as a status symbol since it was mined approx. 4,000 BC in Asia Minor.
In the earliest Egyptian records, it was considered more precious than gold. Interestingly, with all of silver's magical power, owning silver at various times was restricted, especially if it was in the form of jewelry. Throughout history, wearing silver jewelry was often a social privilege - not a right - reserved for upper classes.
By the 18th century, things began to change in Europe and a new fashion fad surfaced: silver buckles appeared on shoes where laces had always been. Although today we generally consider shoe buckles to be functional items, back in the 1700's, they were a form of jewelry.
Silver jewelry was a significant indicator of status until the very end of the 18th century, because it was limited to a privileged few. It was the Industrial Revolution, through mass manufacturing, which finally made jewelry available to the general population.
Today's most creative and innovative designers are attracted to sterling due to its low price and the fact, it's so soft and malleable, that silver can be shaped into infinite forms.
At a time when everyone seems to be cutting costs yet, in need of giving their spirits as well their wardrobes a lift, retailers around the world are stocked with a wide selection of the "hottest" silver 925 looks at prices guaranteed not to break the bank. Unlike costume jewelry, sterling silver endures and can be enjoyed for a lifetime, and is more affordable than other precious metals.
To be assured you're buying the real thing, always look for the stamp, "925."
With today's anti-tarnishing processes, as well as easy cleaning techniques, caring for sterling silver jewelry is simpler than ever. Add to this silver's value, durability, fashionability and consistent quality, and it is no wonder that it has retained its popularity over time.
Silver as investment:
All of is wish to get the most beautiful and durable things of out life to be really happy and valuable. Who will think to invest money on an non-durable, fragile or unaesthetic object?
Even, semi-precious and precious stones appear so pleasant to the eye but they may, break, be damaged or scratched by the time we use it. And if they really are, their value will be lost, at once.
But, in the case of silver, or gold, for example, their durability and solidity are so high that although they, somehow, get damaged, you will still be able to regain their original price by melting their precious matter again.