Silver is a very versatile metal with many different uses in jewelry, technology, and medicine. Under normal market conditions, the price of silver is usually much lower than other precious metals – which has helped it to permeate and benefit many industries.
When people think about silver, they usually think about jewelry design – where silver has been a go-to metal for designers for years. Its brilliant polish and low price point (when compared to gold) make it an accessible, yet fashionable metal. Money also comes to mind when thinking about this precious metal. After all, the very first currencies were silver-backed.
But, silver has come a long way from its beginnings as ancient currency. After years of scientific study on the material, it’s safe to say that silver is an amazing substance with many unique properties. Its plasticity is second only to gold, it has the highest thermal conductivity of any metal, it has antimicrobial properties, and it is the most electrically conductive of all the periodic elements. In many ways, it has made our modern technology possible. Silver’s prominence in technology and everyday living becomes mind-boggling if you also include silver-derived chemical compounds like silver iodide, silver fulminate, and silver chloride.
In honor of this miraculous metal, we created an infographic with some fun facts about silver you may not know.