Properties: This metal is excellent for mental, emotional, and physical releasing and cleansing. Works on mind/emotions to see life’s overview, our emotional balance, and need for patience. Like the moon’s energy, silver has a gentle, cool, smoothing effect. Therefore, it reduces inflammation, fever, nervous system stress. Best with the gentler, cooler-colored gems. Works with pituitary and upper energy centers, therefore, works well on the psychic mind, unconditional love and healing. Generally, it has a cooling Yin energy. Wear this metal when you feel attracted to it. Silver works best as a communicator. It assists in verbal and representational communication. It should be worn only when it feels right.
Mental activity is clarified with silver. An increase in your ability to approach intellectual problems. Also known to lessen anxiety over problem-solving. Silver is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Since it increases the power of most stones, it is suggested to use in conjunction with agate, coral, jet, moonstone, and turquoise.
Folk Remedies: Silver benefits the circulation and detoxifies the blood. Used in the prevention of festering of wounds. Helps the body recognize imbalances or high levels of hormone and chemicals more readily, enabling them to be naturally corrected. Helps the lungs and throat and reduces irritation by pollutants and other impurities in the air. Improves the transmission of nerve impulses. Assists those with degenerative brain disease, poor memory, irrational fears, and emotional imbalance. Like blue lace agate, silver helps balance the functions of both sides of the brain. It can be worn as a belt (buckle) to improve fertility. Can help resolve sexual problems that result from dysfunction or impotence.
In our ancient past, silver was used to purify water. Paracelsus (1493-1541), physician who established the role of chemistry in medicine, wrote of the healing properties of silver. Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli (1817–1891), botanist who discovered chromosomes, found the antimicrobial effects of silver are primarily due to the silver ion. Dr. Carl Crede (1884) discovered that silver had the ability to cure a disease that had been responsible for causing blindness in thousands of babies.
William S. Halstead, M.D. (1852-1922), surgical educator and a founder of Johns Hopkins Medical School, advocated the use of silver in dressings for wounds. Robert Becker, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, noted biomedical researcher and twice nominee for the Nobel Prize, proved the accelerated healing properties of electrically generated silver ions.
Feng Shui: Silver can be used in any area where metal is needed such as the Children and Helping People areas. Use in the center area for spirituality and to find balance.
Crystal Cleansing: Start with plain soap and water. The first thing to do is to wash your silverware or silver jewelry with soap and water to remove any dust or oils from the surface. You’ll be removing the tarnish by way of a mild chemical reaction, and want to wash away anything that might block the tarnish from reacting. If you have larger items, line a pan with aluminum foil and add enough water to completely cover the piece of silver you want to clean. Stir 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the water in the pan and stir to dissolve. Bring the water to a slow boil and remove from heat. Add your silver pieces.
Submerge the silver in the hot water. Make sure the silver is in direct contact with the aluminum foil. The whole process can take several minutes, but it shouldn’t be long before you start to see tiny yellow or black flakes in the water, or notice that the aluminum foil is turning black. What’s happening is that the hot solution of baking soda and water is separating the sulfur from the silver and transferring it to the aluminum. This easy homemade tarnish remover takes advantage of the fact that sulfur is more chemically attracted to aluminum than silver. Remove silver with tongs and rinse in lukewarm water, then place on towel to dry. Once dry, you can rub it with a cloth before storing.
History: This mystical metal, Silver (Ag), atomic number 47, has been utilized throughout history for its, chemical, electrical, healing and metaphysical properties. Purification rites practiced by the Egyptians called for special basins made of Silver. These practices even found their way into contemporary rituals. With Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran religions, their chalices for mass must be constructed of Gold, Silver or Vermeil. Persian king, Cyrus the Great took an unusual approach to his subjects’ physical health. During his reign, between 550-529 BC, he set up one of the first boards of health and established a medical dispensary. As well, drinking water was drawn from a special stream, boiled and then stored in massive Silver containers.
The area of Anatolia (modern Turkey) is considered the first major source of mined silver, having provided the resource to craftsmen throughout Asia Minor. The Anatolian region served as the major source of silver for the Western cultures flourishing in the Near East, Crete, and Greece. From 1500 through 1800, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico accounted for over 85 percent of world production and trade. The remaining production in the period was derived largely from Germany, Hungary, and Russia, with lesser amounts from other European countries, Chile, and Japan.
In 1792, silver assumed a key role in the United States monetary system when Congress based the currency on the silver dollar, and its fixed relationship to gold. Silver was used for the nation’s coinage until its use was discontinued in 1965. The dawn of the 20th century marked an important economic function for silver, that of an industrial raw material.
The explosion of technology that enabled steam-assisted drilling, mining, mine dewatering, and improved haulage was a major breakthrough. Further improvements in mining techniques enhanced the ability to handle ore and allowed the exploitation of larger volumes of ore that contained silver.
Silver has attracted man’s fascination for many thousands of years. Ancient civilizations found silver deposits plentiful on or near the earth’s surface. Relics of these civilizations, include jewelry, religious artifacts, and food vessels formed from the durable, malleable metal. This metal took on near mystical qualities in marking important historical milestones throughout the ages, and served as a medium of exchange. The Mesopotamian merchants were doing just that as early as 700 BC.
Today, silver is sought as a valuable and practical industrial commodity, as well as an appealing investment precious metal.
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