As you pick that perfect pendant or those gorgeous silver earrings that sparkle as they catch the light, know that you are part of a special tradition. Silver has been the metal of choice for jewelry and tableware for, well, thousands of years. In fact, a recent archaeological dig in Israel uncovered a 3,200-year-old cache of silver that included 5 hoop earrings.
A Brief History in Silver
Silver was first unearthed in Greece and Turkey in 3,000 B.C., and, even then, its discoverers worked to refine it to a purer form through a process called cupellation where they heated the raw metal and blew air over it. Modern popularity began in 1492 when Spanish Conquistadors found rich lodes of silver in South America. Between 1500 and 1800, most silver came from Mexico, Bolivia, and Peru. The first major silver strike in the United States came in 1857 when miners struck the Comstock Lode in Nevada.View Full Article…
Flatware has become such an everyday feature of our lives that we rarely stop to consider its origins and history. Today, you can go to any department store and find a set of stainless steel silverware, but that wasn’t always the case.
In fact, the cutlery that you see today was predated by vintage silverware. Interested? Here’s a deep dive into the history of vintage silverware.View Full Article…
You’ve probably heard of the Liberty Bell, but have you heard of the Liberty Bowl? Not the college football game played in Memphis, Tennessee, but an actual bowl made of silver. This may sound weird, but the production of the Liberty Bowl was a dangerous act of sedition, so much so that its creator, Paul Revere, never mentioned it in any of his business or private papers for fear of retribution. And, yes, you heard right, Paul Revere, that famous night rider.
Some customs have clear logic behind them, while others are more obscure. Waving hello makes sense as a way of getting someone’s attention, but why, for instance, do we shake hands as a greeting? With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching and millions of romantic dinners to be had in its name, many may be wondering why do we toast drinks at special occasions. View Full Article…
With the holiday season fast approaching, you may be wonder what to put in the stockings this year. Silver stocking stuffers are a thoughtful and versatile addition to your gift list this holiday season. There’s one for each special person in your life, and there are even affordable options for holiday shoppers on a budget.
Hosting a holiday meal, a gala for clients, or a summer brunch on the deck of a lakeside home can be made all the more sublime with accouterments that highlight your own style. Your personal refinement will be revealed to your guests when you gracefully wand gravy across rich meats with an embossed silver ladle, deftly pour Lady Grey tea into the delicate cups of an ornate tea set, or carry in afternoon mimosas in crystal flutes on a silver serving tray. The serving pieces that make a party or event feel special have never gone out of style.
The beauty of silver Christmas ornaments delights people as the holiday season rapidly approaches. Silver Superstore offers an impressive collection of truly outstanding decorations. This brief article highlights just a few of the attractive items in our inventory this year.