This chemical element with symbol Ag exhibits the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and is the best reflector of visible light of any metal. Therefore, silver is also referred to as the metal of the moon, for like the moon and the water, silver is reflective and used to mirror the soul, bringing people awareness, calm and balance.
In ancient times, the Phoenicians used silver water vessels to keep their water pure. Like gold, silver has had a firm position in the cultures of almost all peoples and was valued almost as preciously as gold even up until the late 17th century. Now in modern times, NASA uses colloidal silver to purify the water systems in their space stations.
Silver is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti fungal. Positively charged silver particles literally seek out, oxidise and destroy negatively charged bacteria and pathogens (any disease producing agent, especially a virus, bacterium or other microorganism). Once the pathogen has been oxidised it looses its negative charge and flows away neutral, leaving the silver particle free to attack other pathogens.
Silver can be used as a healing stone because this metal has gentle oscillations which interact with the body's natural oscillations. When combined with precious stones, the metal harmonizes the energy of the wearer and the stone. Therefore, silver is believed to bestow the wearer with a higher measure of inner harmony and peace.
Pure Silver is relatively soft, therefore, copper is added to create an alloy called Sterling Silver to increase the metal's hardness and strength. This alloy is composed of 92.5% Pure Silver and 7.5% Copper. According to some sources, the etymology of the word sterling is derived from the late old English term steorling, meaning "little star" which was printed on early Norman pennies, but this is just one hypothesis.
The true origin of this alloy is unknown, however, it is well known that this material had been used for commerce due to its designated monetary value. Sterling silver coins are no longer in circulation as a currency of exchange. Ethos Myth Design Inc. has established a sustainable system that uses up to 70% recycled sterling silver coins, thus transforming the form of the metal and re-purposing it.
Over time, sterling silver can oxidise, leaving a black tarnish on the silver object. This is a natural chemical reaction and can be reversed by inducing a further, simple chemical reaction. In order to do so, the following utensils and ingredients are required:
- a bowl
- aluminum foil
- baking soda
- boiling water
Begin by bringing a pot of water to a boil. While you wait, line your bowl with the aluminum foil, ensuring the shiny side of the foil is facing upwards. Place the pieces of jewellery on the aluminum foil, cover it with baking soda and a pinch of salt. Then, add the boiling water. The baking soda will bubble while the aluminum foil attracts the oxide layer, removing it from your sterling silver pieces. Remove after 5-10 minutes and repeat as needed. For an extra shiny finish, use an old toothbrush to clean your silver jewellery.