The Story of Silver: 8 interesting facts


  • The symbol for silver is Ag (from the Latin Argentum, meaning “white” or “shiny
  • The word “silver” originates from the old English Anglo-Saxon word ‘seolfar’
  • The atomic number 47 represents the chemical element of silver
  • Silver objects have been found by archaeologists in Egypt dating back to 6000 B.C
  • Because of the softness of pure silver jewelry is traditionally made from sterling silver (an alloy of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metal)
  • British money takes its name from sterling and in many languages the same word is used for “money” and “silver”.
  • Mexico is the largest producer of silver in the world.
  • Jewellery at is made in silver and gold and hallmarked by The Assay Office, Dublin Castle, Ireland.

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