Silver has been around for thousands of years and was one of the first elements ever discovered. It has long been regarded as a precious metal, and has had many uses throughout the ages, used not only in jewellery and coins, but also in medicine! Although silver is not quite as pricey as gold nowadays, in Medieval Europe it was valued more highly!
Its use in jewellery craft is perhaps down to the fact that it is the most reflective element - reflecting up to 95% of the visible light spectrum - unless used in ultraviolet light when it loses its reflective quality. This makes silver incredibly shiny and eye-catching, and has been used in mirrors, telescopes and microscopes. However, silver’s reflective qualities are diminished when silver tarnishes - which is why it’s important to keep your silver jewellery well-polished and stored safely when not worn. It is worth investing in a silver polishing cloth - we recommend the Town Talk polishing cloth which is available on our website.