30 Fun Facts About Silver

  1. “Argentum” is the Latin word origin of silver. Its symbol, Ag, in the periodic table of elements, also originated from this word.
  2. Because it prevents bacteria growth, silver can be used for water purification as an alternative to powerful chemicals like chlorine and bromine.
  3. Silver coins were being used as early as 700 BC.
  4. Utilized even by prehistoric civilizations, man learned to separate silver from lead as early as 3000 B.C.
  5. Silver fulminate is a powerful explosive. It’s sometimes formed during the silvering process.
  6. Silver has the lowest contact resistance of any metal.
  7. Ancient Egyptians and medieval Europeans considered silver more valuable than gold.
  8. Silver is classified as a “Transition Metal” which are located in Groups 3 – 12 of the Periodic Table. An Element classified as a transition metal is considered to be ductile, malleable, and capable of conducting heat and electricity (pure silver is the best conductor of heat and electricity of all known metals.).
  9. Stable in pure air and water, silver tarnishes when exposed to air or water containing ozone or hydrogen sulfide. This reaction forms a black layer of silver sulfide which can be cleaned with diluted hydrochloric acid.
  10. Among metals, pure silver has the highest thermal conductivity, the whitest color, and the highest optical reflectivity.
  11. Silver has antimicrobial properties. It has been proven that a small concentration of silver can kill harmful bacteria just like antibiotics.
  12. The blue man is known for turning blue because of drinking a homemade silver solution, resulting in the skin disease Argyria.
  13. Silver comes from igneous and sedimentary rocks.
  14. It is illegal to use silver as a food decorative in Australia.
  15. Silver iodide is used to make clouds produce rain.
  16. Silver is so malleable that it can be pounded to a thinness of 6/10000 of a millimeter. Also, since silver is very ductile, a single ounce of the stuff can be stretched into a wire over 48km long!
  17. Silver is used to represent the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.
  18. The name silver came from the old English word seolfor.
  19. Silver necklaces were placed around children’s necks in ancient china in hope of warding of evil spirits.
  20. There were 1,740,000 metric tons of silver discovered in the world prior to the year 2007.
  21. In India, food is often decorated with a thin layer of silver, known as Varak.
  22. 40% of silver goes towards photographic film.
  23. There is no other word in the English language that rhymes with silver other than the word chilver.
  24. Before 1797, British pennies were coined out of silver.
  25. Argentina was named from Argentum, the element of silver’s Latin name.
  26. Though there are songs about the silvery moon, there is very little silver, if any, in the moon’s soil.
  27. You can make your own mirror with silver, since this metal can reflect about ninety five percent of visible light. Aluminum is more often used commercially, as it tends to be less expensive.
  28. Aside from the Untied States, Mexico, Australia, Peru, Russia, and Canada are the chief producers of silver.
  29. To prevent food from spoiling, the Phoenicians used silver bottles to preserve their foods.
  30. You can clean your silver jewelry easily with baking soda, hot water, and aluminum foil.

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