Silver occurs originally in ores such as argentite. In the western hemisphere U.S.A. is the leading silver producers. Commercial fine silver contains minimum 99.9% of silver, 99.999% of purity is available in it.
Pure silver has a brilliant white metallic luster. It is harder than gold and also very supple and flexible in nature. Sterling silver is used for silverware, jewelery etc. Silver is used for various purposes like dental, for making solder, silver-cadmium batteries.
Silver is a white metal which is ductile in nature. It is also a soft metal like gold. Silver is the best conductor of electricity, pure silver conducts both heat and electricity. Silver is one of the most famous ornamental metals. Bulk amount of silver is used to make ornaments. Silver should keep away from eggs. In nature silver occurs as a free metal. It also appears with copper and gold as deposits. Density of silver is less compared with gold and platinum. So the silver ring feels lighter than gold ring of same size. The important silver mineral is called Argentine. Silver combine with other metals to form a wide range of compounds. Salts from silver should handle with care. On those days silver was used in currencies. Copper is added with it for the hardness of metal. Coin silver (alloy) consists 90% of silver and 10% of copper. 7.5% copper and 92.5% silver is the content of sterling silver. Silver has very high thermal and electrical conductivity of any metal. Silver extracted from ore is refined to make very pure. Electricity is used to purify the silver called electrolytes; it is the final refining process.