I have been working to reorganize my jewelry business, get back into designing new pieces and vending. I never tire of organizing my beads, pouring over catalogs and suppliers websites. I am never shocked at how working with my beads makes me feel; peaceful, energized, focused, and accomplished are a few of the ways. But when I sit down in my studio to create I am shocked at how much time I let get in between me and my beads.
I have been focusing my energy on bringing my business back to life, jumping in head first, and somehow I have ended up busier than I expected. This of course is a good thing, but I have realized that I am completely unprepared and have been checking prices on supplies that I am low on. While checking out one of my suppliers the other day I came across this video about the history of silver. I adore silver! It is the only metal I work with, and the only reason I visit Bloomburg.com to check on the commodities market. Silver is both soft and hard, precious and affordable, ancient and modern and best of all, it is beautiful with endless possibilities. When I work with silver, I feel a connection with the beginning and the end of time. This history of silver video speaks volumes, and shines light on my obsession with my favorite metal.
I think if you watch it, you will be surprised at how much silver makes up our past, as well as our future.
Called “Silver-The Element of Change,” the seven-minute clip on SilverInstitute.org takes viewers through the history of silver and the impact it has had on the world over the years.
Silver first was mined in ancient Turkey about 5,000 years ago, and early civilizations fashioned ornaments, eating utensils, coins, and, of course, jewelry from the metal.
Silver also has been prized for its antibacterial properties. According to the video, citizens of the Greek and Roman empires used the metal to prevent infections. In the Middle Ages, it came into use as a disinfectant for stored water and food.