Precious metal silver
If gold has symbolized the Sun since ancient times, then silver – thanks to its cool and calm brilliance – rather the Moon. It is a noble metal, which follows gold in its durability and price. However, in terms of its beauty, silver stands alone – this exquisite and discreet metal refuses to fit into any system of priorities. Indeed, among your friends you will rarely find someone who equally loves both gold and silver jewellery. Connoisseurs of silver jewellery almost always stand apart – and very often these people have a special sense of taste and attitude.
Silver has been known since ancient times because, like gold, it was found in the form of nuggets, which made the task of making items easier. However, in jewellery, this metal has gained the greatest popularity since the 17th century, during the Baroque period. Prior to that, silver was more often considered as a material for making expensive tableware or minting coins.
In Latin, silver is called Argentum (arg – white, or shining). It is a soft white metal with the highest thermal conductivity among all metals. In addition to jewellery, silver is widely used in industry, photography, and medicine. The most famous deposits of this precious metal are located in Germany, Spain, Peru, Chile, Mexico, China, Canada and Russia.
For jewellery making, 925 sterling silver is usually used. Silver jewellery is an unmistakable choice for daytime or office use, but their “modesty” is deceiving. It is silver that ideally frames many gems, maximizing their beauty and shades. People who are not dependent on public opinion (which, unfortunately, often “dictates” the habit of demonstrating social status and material well-being, tied to eye-catching gold) often choose silver jewellery. Silver of various styles (white, blackened, with filigree, enamel, gems and even diamonds – the latest trend in the fashion world) is able to match the mood of the owner, emphasizing his individuality.