The word silver comes from the Latin word "Argentum", which literally means "money". It belongs to the shiny white precious metals. Silver has been used by humans since about the 5th millennium BC. processed. At times it was more valuable than gold.
Compared to other metals, silver has an above-average color brightness and polishability, is soft, malleable, and resistant to corrosion and heat.
Especially in my work as a nursing specialist, I have already had some experience with pure silver, as it has the special properties of an antibacterial effect and is therefore often used where bacteria and germs are undesirable. Such as wound dressings with colloidal silver or nanosilver coatings or the well-known Silverette as a wound cap over the nipples during breastfeeding.
Silver threads or silver ions in the antimicrobial finish of textiles inhibit the growth of bacteria on the skin and thus prevent unpleasant odors.Coating of surfaces, e.g. B. in refrigerators, on kitchen furniture, light switches and other objects.
Silver is so popular in jewelery making because it has a lifetime of durability and even becomes more beautiful in appearance.
Silver wants to be worn! If it's lying around for too long or isn't stored in an airtight environment, it will turn yellow or even turn black.