According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, we can trace the beginning of silver mining back to ancient Greece and Turkey, in 3000 B.C. Eventually, silver became highly valued all over the world. In fact, in at least 14 languages, the terms for "money" and "silver" are identical.
Pure silver is too soft for use in making jewelry or tableware. Therefore those items are typically made from sterling silver, which is an alloy consisting of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Sterling silver pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries are generally marked "Sterling" or "925." Overall, the precious metals that are most commonly used to make jewelry are alloys of gold or silver.
Today, we still enjoy the beauty and high-quality craftsmanship of antique silver. A gift of antique sterling silver is truly timeless, and here are three unique gift ideas for weddings, anniversaries, housewarmings, and other special celebrations.
1. Wine Goblets.
If you know a wine aficionado who has a memorable occasion coming up, what could be a lovelier present than a pair of antique sterling silver wine goblets?
2. Silver Overlay Glass.
As explained by the Glass Encyclopedia, silver overlay glass has a pattern of silver that has been electroplated onto the glass. Over time, the silver design becomes tarnished and appears black. Because of this, many people overlook exquisite silver overlay pieces without realizing their true beauty and value. The silver can vary in thickness, and can sometimes be so thick that it may even be engraved. Very thin silver overlay glass is often called deposit glass.
A one-of-a-kind silver overlay piece makes a stunning gift for any antique glass or silver collector.
Few gifts are more sentimental or heartfelt than an antique silver family heirloom, such as your great-grandmother's Tiffany silverware, that has been treasured and passed down through your family for generations. Given on a special occasion, these precious gifts take on even more meaning.
Joyous celebrations are often commemorated with special gifts. The gift of unique antique silver pieces such as wine goblets, overlay glass, or the passing down of a cherished family heirloom stands the test of time and will be enjoyed for many more years to come.