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Silver crystal

Electrolytically refined silver

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Silver is a shiny metal that looks pretty, as its rare silver became valuable and people decided to use it as money. Silver is grey or white and a bit like the colour of the Moon, therefore for peoples as different as the ancient Egyptians and the ancient Americans silver represented the moon. The colour of the metal silver is also called silver.

Silver is a chemical element with symbol Ag and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it possesses the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and reflectivity of any metal.

Dirty silverEdit

There is more of a campaign over Dirty Gold than there is over dirty silver, still but similar problems exist with gold, silver, platinum and other metals, the more responsible jewelers are trying to do something, [1] but not all are responsible. More than half of newly mined silver is a by-product of mining for other metals such as copper, gold and zink. Mining for precious metals and ordinary metals can damage environments, sometimes pristine environments where Endangered species are found. Toxic chemicals used to extract precious metals from ore can be left to poison Human and animal life, the poison, cyanide can be used. Those who want to buy gold, silver or jewelry based on precious metals should research first where the metals come from. [2]

Dirty metalsEdit

Even mining of ordinary metals causes environmental damage and child labour is often involved in Third World mining. [3]

We can't avoid using ordinary metals like copper but we can avoid buying cheap metal trinkets that we throw away after a short time. We can try and limit our use of metals to what we need.

See alsoEdit

References useful as external linksEdit

  1. Dirty gold? Jewelers urge miners to clean up
  2. What is Silver?
  3. Can silver ever be ethical?
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