Interesting facts of Silver

  • Silver is exceptionally shiny! It is the most reflective element, which makes it useful in mirrors, telescopes, microscopes and solar cells. Polished silver reflects 95% of the visible light spectrum. However, silver is a poor reflector of ultra violet light.

 

  • Silver was one of the first five metals to be discovered. Silver is discovered around 5000BC. Objects made of silver have been found dating back before 4000BC. Ancient people learned to separated silver from lead back in 3000 BC.

 

  • Silver’s native state is nuggets or crystals of pure silver. Silver also can be found as a natural alloy with gold that is called electrum. Silver commonly occurs in copper, lead and zinc ores.

 

  • Silver metal is not toxic to humans. It can be used as a food decoration. Silver is germicidal, meaning it kills bacteria and other lower organisms.

 

  • Silver is the best electric conductor of the elements. It is used as the standard by which other conductors are measured. On a scale of 0 of 100. Silver ranks 100 in terms of electrical conductivity. copper ranks 97 and gold ranks 76.

 

  • Only gold is more ductile than silver. An ounce of silver can be drawn into a wire 2438m long.

 

  • The most common form of silver is sterling silver. Sterling silver consists of 92.5% silver, with the balance consists of other metals, usually copper.

 

  • The chemical symbol for silver, Ag, comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum, which in turn derives from the Sanskit word argunas, which mean shining.

 

  • Silver is the best thermal conductor of any metal. The lines you see in the rear window of a car consist of silver, used to defrost ice in the winder.

 

  • The primary source of silver today is America. Mexico is the leading producer, followed by Peru, The united States and Canada. Russia and Australia also produce silver. Around two-thirds of the silver obtained today is a by-product of copper. lead. and zinc mining.

 

  • The compound silver iodide has been used for cloud seeding, to cause clouds to produce rain and try to control hurricanes.

 

  • The price of silver presently is much less than that of gold. varying according to demand, discovered of sources and the invention of methods of separating the metal from other elements. In ancient Egypt and Medieval European countries, silver was valued more highly than gold.