Explore the aesthetic and noble qualities of this luminous metal, in Part 1 of this 3-part blog series!
Silver has been valued for its lustrous beauty on every habitable continent, seen in pieces of jewelry and religious artifacts dating back 5,000 years. Long before other precious metals became widely used, silver was the alternative to gold, due to its high shine, malleability, and stability, silver is able to be fashioned into any adornment–large or small, simple or elaborate–for any body appendage with minimal upkeep.
Aside from ornamentation, these characteristics lend themselves to silver’s widespread use in coinage and was used as the basic monetary unit in many countries until the end of last century. Even after the shift to fiat currency, silver has translated its own ductility into its status as a desired commodity in global markets.
Few metals have withstood trends and humans’ increasing knowledge of metalworking and how materials affect us both physically and spiritually. Silver has been found to be stable and non-toxic, pliable and yielding to the form one desires, and simply transfixing when crafted into art.
This is symbolic. Silver is believed to evoke and amplify the qualities of patience and perseverance in the beholder. It reminds us that value is found deeper than external beauty, that with the proper alloy of endurance and flexibility, your inner radiance will shine through.