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Who invented silver?

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Silver is a naturally occurring element on the periodic table and can be found in natural deposits throughout the world. As such, it was discovered, but not invented, by people.

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Evidence of silver use is found going back at least 5,000 years and can be seen in ancient jewelry and tableware. As a naturally occurring element, silver must be mined. It is frequently found in the same areas that lead, copper and gold deposits are found. Silver alloys are used in film photography, electrical circuits and batteries. Silver is an excellent reflector of light, and it has been used for mirrors since ancient times.

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    How is silver produced?

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    Silver is produced through mining and ore refinement. The most productive silver mines are in Canada, Mexico, Peru, Australia and the United States. Bolivia is also a major silver producer. Nuggets of pure silver are exceptionally rare. Most ore must undergo purification to remove lead, arsenic, sulfur and other compounds. Silver is also produced during refinement of copper, zinc, lead and gold.

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    Where can silver be found?

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    Silver can be found in the form of one of its ores, such as chlorargyrite or galena, in the silver deposits of countries including Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Silver may be naturally found in its native, unreactive state in the form of nuggets, although this occurrence is extremely rare.

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    What is 800 silver?

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    The 800 mark on silver refers to the purity of the metal. Pure silver has a 1,000 grade value. Silver with an 800 grade value is a silver alloy containing 800 parts silver and 200 parts other metals.

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    When was silver first discovered?

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    The exact discovery of silver is unknown because it has been around since prehistoric times. Objects made of silver have been found in Greece dating as far back as 4,000 B.C. Silver was also among the first metals discovered, along with gold, copper, lead and iron.

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