Silver

buyers guide

History

It is known that the Ancient Greeks used Electrum – a gold and silver alloy, which was 25% silver.

Medieval silver was used in order to mount very colourful stones                          

Historically, there are references to pieces of silver which used vast quantities - such as the chair overlaid with silver used by Jean 11 of France, the father of Charles V.

Before banks were established, silver was melted down into coins as a way of safeguarding wealth.

Large quantities of silver were lost during the Civil War and during the Reformation years when Henry V111 dissolved the monasteries.

Silver was the only white precious metal in use until the mid 1800s when platinum was developed.