Lets Talk Silver Series

By: Robert Frechette

This week the focus of our blog is going to be on that ever so popular metal known as silver. It is extremely desired these days in the jewelry industry and its value has tripled in the past few years. We will cover the history of silver, the popular uses for it especially within the jewelry industry, its value, and finally we will show case how Gilbert and Frech incorporates silver into their unique designs.

The history of silver dates all the way back to 4,000 BC. Anatolia, which happens to be known as modern Turkey these days, was considered to be one of the first major sources to mine. Its influence and value spread quickly into Western Cultures particularly in Asia Minor as well as the Greek Islands . There seem to be 4 eras of silver as it has developed into what we know it to be today. The first era termed Old World silver was from 4,000 BC to 1500 AD. Then as more of our world was discovered in 1492, so was the abundance of silver. This era was termed New World Silver from 1500 to 1875 and Bolivia was one of the first places to produce large quantities. Other countries such as Mexico and Peru consistently mined and produced silver in those days. The next era focused on the rise of North America from 1876 to 1920 as mines were discovered within the states of Nevada and Utah . It became a monetary source of the United States as it was used to base their currency. The Modern era from 1921 until the present consists of ways in which we have improved the techniques of separating ore as many of the larger sources have been diminished in large parts. Hence, it is making silver more costly and valuable.

It is so interesting to me to look back on history and see how we have gotten to where we are today. Silver was used in so many ways throughout history and now today its most popular use is within the jewelry industry. It is a metal that is versatile and has much beauty. I look forward to delving more into the topic of silver and learning about it and I hope you will join me. I know in the end, it will make me appreciate the silver jewelry I own and the rich history that goes with it!

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