From what is silver made?


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Silver is a metal that is found in nature in pure form, silver ores or in combination with other different ores. Silver ores include argentite and acanthite that are known as silver sulfide. Silver also exists in ores that contain either gold or lead.

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Silver is a grayish metal in appearance that is also is soft and shiny. Its chemical symbol is Ag, and this metal has an atomic weight of 107.868 grams per mole. In its pure form, silver also is a good electrical conductor.

For thousands of years, man knew about this metal. Silver has many applications, including the production of coins, mirrors and jewelry. Sterling silver jewelry is a silver alloy that consists of more than 90 percent of silver and about 7 percent copper.

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