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A glossary of jewellery terms


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SILVER

A metallic element which is malleable and ductile, and white in colour, making it ideal for use in jewellery. It is usually mixed with copper to improve its hardness.

Its name come from the Ancient Greek word meaning 'shiny' or 'white' and is a metal which has been prized by cultures since prehistoric times.

Silver is a metal which reacts to oxygen and over time creates a darkened or blackened effect on the surface of the metal.

 



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