What is Silver

What is Silver
Silver is a white, lustrous metallic element in the second series of transition elements in the periodic system with the symbol "Ag". Its chemical symbol "Ag" derives from the Latin word argentum meaning silver or money, while its Latin name is closely related to ancient Greek expression for silver - a[rguroƟ (argyros). However, both Latin and ancient Greek expressions are derived from Indo-European suffix arg-, meaning white, or shinning (metal). Its name in English, silver (in German silber and Slavic languages serebo, srebro) which was not used until the middle of the 14th century originates from ancient Germanic silabar or silbir, while the Anglo-Saxons spelled it seolfor or siolfur.

Since the ancient times silver has been prized as a precious metal and next to gold considered the most valuable metal. Its importance and value in history clearly indicates its second meaning in both Latin and ancient Greek - money. Perception of silver as a precious metal has retained itself until today what clearly confirms the growing use of silver as investment and saving option throughout the world, while the term "to be born with a silver spoon in the mouth" is widely understood as being born in to a very wealthy family.

Silver is very ductile and malleable metal which does not react with oxygen in the air and is stable in water what makes it a perfect material for making beautiful jewelry and coins. However, its other properties such as having the highest thermal and electric conductivity of all metals and antimicrobial properties made silver useful and desired in many sectors of industry, in photography as well as in medicine and dentistry.


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