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Undoubtedly the most plentiful precious metal, silver is less pricey than gold and platinum, but still desirable for a variety of applications, including jewellery, silverware, coins and even industrial use.
The chemical symbol of silver, Ag, comes from the Latin argentum, which means ‘white and shining’.
Among ancient civilizations, gold was associated with the sun, and the sun god. With its white colour, silver was naturally associated with the moon, and the moon goddess.
Silver’s relatively low melting point and high plasticity made it easy for ancient craftsmen to work with, resulting in magnificent silver artifacts left behind. Silver has also long been used as a monetary medium, in coins.
Silver is a noble, resistant metal. It only tarnishes due to the presence of sulpher in the atmosphere, and only the surface is affected –silver easily regains its shine once polished. Rhodium plating prevents silver from tarnishing.