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Silver is a (semi) precious metal that is widely used for jewelry. This soft metal (slightly harder than gold) is known to mankind from 4000 B.C. onwards.
At that time it was mainly used as a means of payment (just like gold) and for art.
Mercury (the well-known toxic liquid metal) used to be seen as a kind of silver. The English nickname of mercury, for example, is quicksilver. Later they discovered that they are two very different metals.
Nowadays it has many applications, such as art, jewelry, electronic components and water purification.
It has disinfecting properties as well. For this reason, we use this metal to disinfect water (up to 100 litres). In medicine (in the past) colloidal silver was used as an antibiotic (it is still used and more and more!).
Energetically, this special white metal enhances the high sensitivity and symbolizes purity, consciousness, femininity (it is dedicated to the Greek Goddess Artemis) and strength.
It is energetically connected with the energy of the moon and the sea.
Like gold, this metal is too soft to wear purely. That is why it is almost always alloyed to make it harder. These alloys also have different consistencies. The contents of this metal are indicated in thousands. It can only be called silver if it contains more than 800 of a thousandths of silver, so more than 80%. This probably was an old rule, because all the antique stuff usually has a content of 835 or 800.
There are three types of content in the Netherlands: 925, 835 and 800. Other countries may have different contents. But Sterling silver always has a content of 925. This means that 7.5% other metals have been added. Copper is usually used for hardening. This content is virtually international.
There is now also Argentium Sterling silver. In this alloy, copper is replaced by germanium. It also has a different content, which is 935 (93.5%). The advantage of this alloy is that people can no longer have an allergic reaction because of the copper and it no longer rusts.
Sterling silver can “rust”, which we also call oxidation. It then gets a black layer. This is due to the copper in the alloy.
What we print in 3D is still just 925 Sterling Silver.
If you have a major copper allergy, we do not recommend this material. Instead, you can use titanium.