Silver

Silver is one of the first metals to be used by humans. It may have been the first metal smelted from ore. The art of silver working dates back to the ancient Byzantine, Phoenician and Egyptian empires, where silver was forged into domestic utensils, jewelry, buttons, weapons, horse trappings, boxes, and other articles.

The finish on silver can be high polished, matte or brushed (rubbed with an abrasive), satin (a smoother matte), sandblasted (rough matte), oxidized (chemically blackened), or antiqued (chemically “aged”).

In its pure form silver is almost as soft as gold, and is too soft an element for practical jewelry, and therefore is usually alloyed with copper for strength. Legally, anything called “silver” or “sterling silver” is 92.5% pure (925 parts).

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