Facts and figures about Silver.
Qualities of Silver:
Slightly harder than gold in its
pure form, and in most countries is sold in a more pure
condition than gold, normally 925 parts in 1000 of silver
jewellery is silver, although in some countries 800 parts is
normal. Because the resultant alloy is more pure than gold -
and it is the alloying which gives both gold and silver
additional strength, items made from silver are softer than
those made from gold.
Sometimes silver is electro-plated
with gold. This gives the appearance of gold with the economy
of silver. Like any gold-plated item the plating will
eventually wear away, so make sure anything you buy has a good
thick layer of gold, else you'll soon own a simple silver
piece! Personally I have to say I don't like gold on silver.
The problem is that if any repair is needed, or a ring needs
resizing, the plating will always be damaged, and the cost of
having the item re-plated can be considerable. So I think
you're better off sticking with simple un-plated silver, after
all it's a lovely metal in its own right.
Other uses for silver:
Most of the world's silver is used
in photography... again and again, because it keeps getting
recycled. There is no silver in a colour photo, just dye, so
after development all the silver can be recovered and used
again. Incidentally you may have learnt that it's safe to view
the sun (during partial eclipses) by looking through dark
negatives. Actually it's the silver which absorbs the harmful
radiation. Therefore this only works with black and white
negatives, and you must be sure these do contain silver. Most
modern processing even of black and white negatives uses dyes
rather than the silver to produce the black, such negatives
are dangerous to use as filters and will lead to eye damage.
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