About.com cites that the element silver got its name from the Anglo-Saxon word seolfor or siolfur, both of which mean "silver." The Latin term argentum also means silver and is the origin for its chemical symbol, Ag. Arg... More »

Mercury, also called "quicksilver," is a liquid metal that is both shiny and silvery. In fact, it is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature. More »

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Silver is one of the least reactive metals, only forming bonds with sulfur, nitrogen and the members of the halogen group. The halogens include chlorine, bromine, iodine, fluorine and astatine. More »

The name for silver comes from the Anglo-Saxon word siolfur, which means silver. Its symbol is Ag, which comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. Silver has been known since antiquity. More »

The name for the element zinc comes from the German word "zink." According to the Royal Society of Chemists, this in turn may have come from the Persian word "sing," which means stone. Zinc is one of the most used metall... More »

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A chemical symbol is an abbreviation of the name of a chemical element. The name is derived from the name of the element, which is usually in Latin. Chemical symbols are made up of one or two letters. More »

Copper within the sterling silver is the likely culprit when a piece of jewelry turns its wearer's skin green, according to About.com. The green color on the skin is not dangerous, but some people may have a rash or othe... More »

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