Pure silver is harder than gold, has the whitest colour and can be shined to the highest sheen of any metal, it has the highest optical reflectivity and is used in paper thin sheets to create mirrors and in even thinner, transparent sheets to create reflective window treatments in high rise buildings.Silvers association with the moon and mystical or religious traditions is 1,000's of year old, it is perhaps (disputed) the oldest metal to have been refined in history: used as money, for trade, in ceremonies for Pagan, Christian and Asian traditions, as trade, as dowry, and to decorate the bodies of VIP's throughout history. The word ‘Silver' comes from the Indo-European root arg meaning ‘white' or ‘shining' and also appears in the Ango-Saxon in various forms such as seolfor and siolfor and in the Teutonic as silabar and silbir. Silver's story is long and rich and filled with fascination information.
Silver: Argentum (latin) Chemical symbols: (Ag) and the shape of the cresent moon. Scientifically and historically silver has many unique properties and has been used in many ways. It is classified as a soft, lustrous, white transition metal and has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. It has been used in coins, ingots, jewelry, tableware and photography and for the religious objects of many traditions. For 1,000's of years it was considered more precious than gold. Alloys of silver have many commercial uses from plating silverware and jewelry, in photography, in dental compounds, as solder, for brazing, in electrical contacts, batteries, mirrors, and printed circuits. silver iodide is used in cloud seeding to produce rain, and silver fulminate is a powerful explosive.
Everyone loves wearing silver jewelry, from rappers and rock artists to wiccans, pagans, surfers, and men and women from all walks of live. Thsi prescious metal glows softly or vibrantly with what seems like an unworldly, shimmer and seems like a slice of captured moonlight worn by the wearer and imbuing them with magical and mystical powers.
Silver jewelry has been worn for literally 1,000's of years, a beautiful piece of ‘wearable art' can enhance and dramaticise any outfit and bring admiration and envy to the wearer. Finding a piece of silver jewelry that feels just right for you and brings delight to you can be such a joyous moment. Traditional and modern designs that make bold statements about who you are and selected sentimental pieces can decorate your jewel box and your body any time of day or night as any time is the ‘right time' to wear silver.
Whether your jewelry falls languidly from your ears or your neck or dazzles brightly, catching the eye of everyone in the room you will be the centre of attention when you wear your ‘wearable art.'
For eons silver has been the metal of choice for jewelry and ‘objet de art' for most if not all mystical traditions. Used to ‘draw down the moon' during pagan lunar ceremonies and to represent the goddesses Lunae, Isis, Diana and Selena silver objects are said to empower the wearer or the user with psychic abilities and intutitive perception. Silver is also said to be calming and protective, and as money been made of silver for 1,000's of years it is also said to draw money to the wearer.
Silver's Mystical Properties
Silver is associated with the Moon and so the two are inseparable, when a person is wearing silver they automatically bring the moon with them wherever they go and can draw on and use the moon's power whenever they need. It is one aspect of the Great Goddess of All, and helps to keep her close at all times. silver can reflect both the light of the moon and the sun and so can also work as a protective shield against negativity.
Tiny silver globes or beads can be worn to provide security and protection and protect against evil intent.
Wearing silver jewelry can be used to enhance psychic abilities and at the same time protect the wearer against being overwhelmed. Wearing silver while you sleep can help to give you psychic dreams, time travel or serve as an anchor during travel between one reality and another. It brings balance asnd energy to those who feel stressed by their increasingly busy, aggressive yang world.
Silver is a feminine element and can help the wearer whether male or female to balance their emotions and remain calm and relaxed. While gold's power radiates outward, silver's raditate inward changin the wearer from within. Alchemists associated silver with the moon and the feminine and considered right next to gold in the hierarchy of metals. It was thought to b e the passive, feminine and the polar opposite to the active, male and sunlit (solar) metal, gold. It was used in the ultimate merging of the opposites as gold and silver were symbols of the great male/female dichotomy, that of yin and yang, heaven and earth, black and white.
A long history with regard to silver power over werewolves and associations with vampires only enhances Silvers powerful magical mojo.
Silver's Healing Properties
Historically silver has been used for 100's perhaps 1000's of years to keep food and wine from spoiling, even today many grandmothers still drop a silver coin into the milk to prevent it from going off while on the table. Hypocrates, the father of medicine himself, wrote that silver had beneficial health and anti-disease properties and Hahnemann the father of Homoeopathy studied silver's properties himself and it is used as a homoeopathic remedy by modern homoeopaths.
Medically proven to be antibacterial and germicidal in its colloid form, ‘Colloidal Silver' is available over the counter in most health shops. Colloidal is a term meaning, suspended in fluid and ‘colloidal silver' is made by electrostatically ‘melting' the silver into pure water where the tiny molecules of silver are held suspended ready to be ingested. Silver has been used and is still used today by the medical profession as a topical ointment to accelerate healing in burns victims.
Silver ions and silver compounds prove a toxic effect on bacteria, viruses and fungi because of the oligodynamic effect (ability to absorb oxygen which causes the bactera to oxidis on contact.)
Silver is surely a beautiful and useful metal, with magical and healing properties that brings the wearer joy and compliments. A startling piece of ‘wearable art' can help to create an outstanding statement, do justice to the most expensive outfit or allow the wearer to feel like the centre of attention.