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Three surprising facts about Silver

Silver is, undoubtedly, one of the most well-known precious metals in the world. While widely recognised as a base material in the production of jewellery and design, it’s also used in many scientific applications, such as the production of medical equipment and sputtering targets.

In this blog post, we take a look at some interesting and lesser known facts about this renowned material.

1. Above ground, it’s rarer than Gold

While often considered secondary in value in comparison to Gold, above ground Silver is much rarer. This means that while Silver is more abundant in its natural state, estimates put Gold as 5-7 times more abundant above ground.

This could be partly due to the fact that Gold is mainly hoarded in the form of coins, bars, jewellery or artifacts and is easily recyclable and can be reused, whereas Silver is often used and thrown away, ending up in landfills or simply not recycled.

2. Silver mining dates back to 3000 BC

Evidence of Silver mining dates back thousands of years. Both mines and means of separating Silver from Lead can be placed as early as the 4th millennium BC.

It’s always been a source of value for owners and has played a big part in building wealth for empires and countries around the world.

3. It’s antibacterial

Silver is known to kill bacteria and some viruses – something that’s been of particular interest to researchers over the last few months!

The positively charged Silver ions are what gives the material this effect and they work in multiple ways – from blocking viral transport to preventing reproduction, thereby stopping harmful microbes in their tracks.

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