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Silver Facts for Silver Lovers
We're all aware of the fact that silver is shiny, but did you know that polished silver actually reflects a staggering 95% of the visible light spectrum!? And that's not even the craziest thing you didn't know.
Here are a few other astonishing silver facts for you silver lovers!
  1. Cosmic explosions create silver and gold. At the end of a star's life, it grows to about 10 times the size of our sun and explodes. These eruptions are called supernovae and produce gold and silver.
  2. In at least 14 different languages, the words "money" and "silver" mean the same exact thing!
  3. Silversmiths in the 19th and 20th centuries marked their sterling silver items with either the word "Sterling" or the number "925."
  4. Jewelers use two precious metals more frequently than others. If you guessed that those two are the alloys silver and gold -- you guessed correctly.
  5. Because pure silver is so soft, it's not exactly ideal for making tableware or jewelry, which is why these items are made of sterling silver -- an alloy that's comprised of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper (usually -- sometimes, craftsmen will use other metals, too).
  6. According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, silver mining dates all the way back to 3000 B.C., in Greece and Turkey, as evidence suggests.
Who would have thought that gold and silver are created by exploding stars or that the word silver and money mean the same thing across more than a dozen languages!? To learn more about our own silver antiques, contact us today!