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Peculiar Pearls & Other Oddities – What Rhymes with Silver?

Silver: A lustrous, malleable, metallic element, occurring both uncombined and in ores. Silver has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of all metals. It is used for tableware, jewelry and currency. At least, these are the straightforward facts.

According to The Silver Institute, the mining of silver began in about 3000 B.C. in Anatolia, modern-day Turkey. Today, silver is as common to our day-to-day life as clay, but it has a history all its own.

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Earlier today, Silvio melted silver in order to obtain a workable shape to turn into a ring shank. It is impossible to imagine how many times throughout history silver has been placed in a crucible, melted and reshaped into a serving tray, a weapon, an ornament or a tool. Indeed, some of the heirloom silverware we melt today may very well contain traces of ancient silver fragments that were reshaped century after century. The history of silver reaches beyond its obvious uses.

The word “sterling” appears during the 13th century. It finds its roots in Old French “esterlin” and Old English “steire,” meaning “little star” and “strong” respectively.

It is estimated that over 1,800,000 metric tons of silver have been discovered throughout the world to date.

According to the early Egyptians, of silver and gold, silver was by far the most precious.

The country Argentina is named after silver, or rather after its Latin root, Argentum.

Silver was known by the Incas as “tears from the moon,” probably due to its unique, white-bluish gleam.

A thin layer of silver can be seen on food in some Indian dishes and silver beads are used to decorate sophisticated pastries.

The Old English word for ewe is chilver. It is the only English word that rhymes perfectly with silver.

Mary had a little chilver
She named him Oliver
It nibbled off a silver platter
As Mary watched from over yonder


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Also of interest, articles pertaining to the history of jewelry or the folk-lore associated with it.

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