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For centuries silver was considered one of the most unique and beautiful metal. Not surprisingly, its unique luster attracted jewelers of all over the world, and then the watchmakers who made as ladies silver watches, so men's silver watch. First silver jingled in the pockets of gentlemen who wore silver pocket watch, and then shone on the wrists of men and women worldwide. To this day silver wrist watches occupy one of the major places in the Swiss watch industry and the world. Fashion for jewelry, accessories and attributes of stylish image is constantly changing, but all made of silver are still in favor. What is so attracting this unique metal, and is it true that the silver objects, including watches, have special magical properties? Today we try to understand it.
The history of "moon" metal
How would you, dear readers, to describe the silver? I think your first association is associated with a unique color of the metal. Silvery-white shade of silver has long since conquered all honest people. The name of the metal, according to historical research, derived from the Proto-Slavic word meaning "shining." Latin name «argentum», familiar to all of us from school chemistry lessons, has an Indo-European root also means "white" or "shining". According to some other sources, the word "silver" is derived from 'Sarpa', which in Sanskrit means "moon." Incidentally, the ancient people have associated silver with the moon, as the shine of metal resembles a lunar glow.
As historians have not broken their mighty heads, but the exact date of discovery of silver, none of them has ever called. They indicate only approximate year - 4000 BC. Although is it so important today? From various written sources we know that in ancient Egypt, weavers made jewelry and other valuable items of silver. Interestingly, in those ancient times silver was valued at twice the gold.
Long ago, before the birth of Christ, the Phoenicians invented and built the very first silver mines in the territory of modern Spain, Corsica and Cyprus. Jewelry and accessories of silver were incredibly valuable product and many were ready to give not only money, but also the soul. Silver was brought from afar and sold for unbelievable money. For example, to be rich in ancient Egypt, it was enough to have a salt shaker of silver.
It was the first and rather primitive stage in the history of the discovery of silver. Radical change in this area began in the Middle Ages, when almighty alchemists tackled the problem. The purpose of the medieval alchemists, as you know, was to turn into gold everything that comes their way. Ancient alchemists saw silver as a "staging post" on this hard road to "gilding." They believed that if you get silver out of any compound, soon you can get up to the coveted gold. After the hard work, the price of numerous trials and terrible mistakes, alchemists finally extracted silver from its compounds with arsenic, chlorine and other chemical elements. It should pay tribute to the complicated work of alchemists. Incidentally, the same similarities were discovered silver and copper, and initially even considered them as one and the same metal but of different colors.
From the Middle Ages in Europe came to silver coins, which for a long time remained the main means of payment. Interestingly, in Russia people are still "reaping the fruits" of the silver money period. To pay for goods and services in Old Russia were often used massive silver bullion. Simply, when a man went to the market, he put in his pocket silver bar. And paying for anything, he took bullion out of his pocket and a trader literally cut off from it a necessary piece. Thus, in everyday life became known word "ruble" (from the word "hack"), which joined the Russian history and the history of this unique metal like silver.
However, starting from the end of XIX century, the money of silver disappeared from people's lives. Currently silver coins are manufactured only on the occasion of an important celebration and in very limited quantities. This is because people have learned to extract silver huge favor. The metal is first used in photography, and it was found that silver has the highest electrical conductivity of all metals. It is not surprising that with the advent of electronics demand for silver has been steadily growing. Silver money became luxury, so even more after the scientists came to the conclusion that silver inventories are not so limitless. Until recently it was believed that silver reserves will last for many, many thousands of years, but we can already see some deficiency of this metal in high-tech industries.
According to experts, the value of silver, which is currently well below the price of gold over time will only increase. Researchers furiously rush to find a replacement to silver. All this will lead to the fact that jewelry and accessories made of silver will be evaluated as highly as platinum. So I would advise you to buy a silver watch today to get your grandchildren feel the silver salt cellars in ancient Egypt.
If we began to delve into the history of silver, I cannot lose sight of another very interesting fact. In the world, there is a whole state, which was named in honor of the ancient metal. Of course, it is a beautiful Argentina! According to legend, around the beginning of XVI century Spanish conquistador Sebastian Cabot climbed up the South American river, and drew attention to the large number of silver items which have the local population of Indians. The Spaniard was shocked. That is why the river, and with it the state was called La Plata, which means "silver". After the liberation from Spanish rule many former overseas colonies renamed their home, calling it Argentina and using as a basis the Latin word «argentum».
The whole truth about silver
In any country silver is associated with specific signs and legends. Throughout its existence, mankind believed and continues to believe in the healing properties of the metal, and some say about silver as a miracle, ascribing magical. Whether this is true or fiction, we cannot say for sure, because faith sometimes works wonders, but some facts of mystical properties of the metal are confirmed from different historical sources.
First, it is proved that silver does have antibacterial properties. So, in 2500 BC Egyptian soldiers used thin sheets of silver in wound healing. Fearless warriors imposed silver on the wound, making it heal faster.
In ancient Russia silver was also respected. It was believed that silver purifies the soul and body of man, and at the first bathing the newborn was "silvered", lowered a silver coin into the water. In addition, at Stephen (August 2 by Old Style) with water from the silver dishes were even watered the horses, which, as you know, were considered important and indispensable "member of the family." In Russia, as in many countries of the world, in just dug up well certainly was threw a silver coin. And about very beautiful and rosy girls was said that they apparently "washed with silver."
Since that time it passed huge number of years, but in the modern world, the astronauts still "drunk from silver." By the way, it does not necessarily have expensive family silver, it’s only need to buy in any store ordinary water filter, which, in addition to activated carbon, contains silver. The water is flowing through a "silver" filter is cleaned of impurities, chlorine and tastes like spring. Thus all these myths about the "silvered babies", "light well", etc., coming from ancient times are quite reasonable foundation. Water really can be cleaned and disinfected with silver ions. In Japan, resourceful scientists through silver even manage to clear the air.
Some people believe that silver has a calming effect, and it can darken or lighten depending on the purity of the human soul, the owner of silver. I, being a big skeptic, do not attach any importance to this belief, however, such a view of the magical abilities of the precious metal has a right to exist.
Fields of the silver use
Field of application of such a noble metal as silver, in the modern world is extremely broad - it's industry, science, technology, medicine and other areas of human life. Due to high rates of electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and resistance to oxidation silver is commonly used in electronics, as well as part of solders and alloys for batteries. High ISO allows silver to be one of the main actors in areas such as photography. In addition, silver is used as a coating for the mirrors with super-high reflective, and chemical oxidation reactions are catalyzed almost always by silver.
It seems strange, but for silver has been found this scope, in which, it would seem, the precious metals out of place. This area has become medicine. The fact that a few years ago in special pharmacies was sold medicine from cold, which is a colloidal silver - a suspension of microscopic particles of silver. I personally did not experience effect of this drug on, but, as assured "witnesses", colloidal silver was quite effective medicine for colds. Today, these products are not considered drugs and are the "backbone" of alternative medicine.
In the field of watch making - silver, along with other metals and alloys, began to apply for a long time ago. Silver pocket watches, and later silver wristwatches have always been considered practical and respectable accessories, they were signs of good taste, high status and material wealth. The owner of such a watch could count on approving glances from others and compliments for his great taste.
In addition, watches in silver case have the right to be considered as works of art. Believe me, no one can remain indifferent to the sight of jewelry watches in silver encrusted with precious or semi-precious stones. Such watches have long deserved love mainly from the fair sex.
Alloy of 925-carat has at least 92.5% silver, the rest – it is its "twin sister" - copper. The advantages of this material are that the color and the corrosion resistance is the same as that of pure silver. This material is very flexible; it is malleable, harder than gold, but, of course, softer than copper. Thanks to the positive performance, 925-carat silver is widely used in the jewelry field. Silver of 925-carat is called sterling or sterling silver. Due to its high strength and beautiful appearance sterling was taken in turn by all watchmakers in the world. In recent years, scientists have attempted to replace the copper in the sterling to another component to improve the quality of the metal. At "audition" were considered such "bidders" as zinc, germanium, titanium and even noble platinum. In this "competition" was also attended boron and silicon as the additions to the alloy. Despite all the experiments and proposals facto standard remains alloy of silver and copper, used to create a modern wristwatch.
Properties, which are close to the properties of pure silver, has an alloy of 960-carat, which included 96% of the shiny metal. This alloy is very rare and it is used mainly for the manufacture of products with enamel and execution of very fine filigree work.
In addition, silver stands out from the gold by its unobtrusive. That is quite a massive silver Swiss watches or jewelry will not look vulgar and provocative. And for business women silver jewelry is essential accessories. If gold - is, let’s say, "night" or "evening" metal, so silver accessories are ideal for daylight hours.
Lois Hill — cultural heritage of the world
Sure, watch making and jewelry are incredibly complex areas of human activity. In both the first and second field quite males are quite succeeded, talented designers and watchmakers. However, women are not a step behind the men.
One of the famous designers of our time is an amazing woman - Lois Hill, who concurrently also the traveler and explorer of culture and history of the world. Lois Hill is developing a stunning collection of handmade jewelery and watches exclusively of 925 –carat sterling silver.
"I've always tried to learn the cultural features of the world, and the skill of metal decoration – is my passion" - Lois Hill avowed. In addition to extensive experience of silver handling, this woman has a very strong charisma, wherever she appeared, she brings happiness and smiles. The inspiration for her is different things that an ordinary traveler wouldn’t even pay attention: the ancient ruins, museums, antique jewelry, Egyptian wicker baskets, simple household items and more. It is worth to say that all the efforts of researchers and designers were not in vain: every item created by her, is literally drenched with positive energy and a sense of adventure, to the knowledge of something new, to understand the world.
The rich assortment of silver jewelry by Lois Hill, in addition to all kinds of jewelry and other women's accessories, a lover of fine watches will find everything that heart desires. Lois Hill's collection is dominated by models for beautiful ladies. Silver ladies watches by Lois Hill – are true works of art, in which the Swiss craftsmanship in harmony with the unique design ideas of talented master. Each model is equipped with a precision Swiss watch mechanism that produced by real "time god" - by ETA. The watch has high functionality and offers its owner (or rather the owner) to join the cultural knowledge of the world, to share with Lois Hill her sense of adventure, discovery and the desire to turn things around in the creative stuff.
Perhaps the most popular model has become a ladies silver watch Lois Hill 6156-9121, first introduced by the designer at the watch fair in Basel World 2012. Speaking more precisely, this model is not entirely made of silver. Watch case with diameter of about 40 mm is made of stainless steel, silver bracelets of 925-carat for silver watches deserve special attention. Silver bracelets for watches Lois Hill 6156-9121 are decorated by hand with unique patterns carved on metal with amazing accuracy. Masters of the company use sophisticated technology for metal thread: filigree, consisting in soldering on silver background pattern of fine wire, and graining, which is a solder of silver beads in a specially-made grooves on the workpiece. It is incredibly hard work with the smallest elements, as it implies increased attention from the jeweler. The dial is closed with transparent sapphire crystal, which is scratch resistant. Watch features - the most needed: hours, minutes, seconds, date.
Catalog of silver watches by Lois Hill of this model is not limited. I emphasize ladies silver watch Lois Hill 6156-1201 and Lois Hill 9384-1201, made on the same principle: steel cases and silver bracelets for watches, handcrafted. Index of waterproof of model is 50 meters. I advise interested readers to view the entire catalog of silver watches Lois Hill, because they really have, what is worth to look at!
Despite its seemingly simple and unpretentious, Lois Hill watches conceal a tremendous energy. When you look at this very fine filigree work in silver, immersed in a unique world of beauty and realize that to create such a masterpiece, you must have a real talent and incredible imagination. To buy silver watches Lois Hill – it means to touch the cultural heritage of the whole world and see all the charm of reality, know yourself and discover the qualities of whose existence you never knew.
ArtyA Son of a Gun Werewolf — your personal protector of the "children of darkness"
I want to note that to create unusual watch – it is half of work. The most important thing is to present his creation to the audience. With this Ivan Arpa has no problem. This man knows how to attract attention, and listen to his stories about the done work – is a great pleasure. If you are interested, so watch videos about ArtyA, taken by our staff at the last exhibition Basel World and published on our web portal.
In terms of chorology, this watch cannot be called super complex, but, hell, they can be called an excellent piece of watch making. Technical features of the model are quite modest. Inside the steel case of 47 mm diameter is mounted reliable Swiss self-winding movement, 42-hour power reserve, with 25 rubies. On the black dial there are not numbers and hour indexes. And for what they are, as in the fight with the werewolf they are useless! Three central hands rotate around silver bullets on the black dial. To wear a "weapon against werewolves and vampires" on the wrist can be with a leather strap in black. Index of water resistance of the model is up to 50 meters.
Nika: "Opening the highest standard"
Of course, all our people know the name of the famous Russian watch company Nika, which products after extensive advertising campaign in 2011 called "watch the highest standard." Nika watch factory, which has every right to be called because of the large volume of factory output, produces watches for men and women of the precious metals, particularly gold and silver. Many watches Nika lavishly are incrusted with precious and semiprecious stones, which gives them a special glamour and charm. And, of course, adds zeros to the price tag!
The main merit of the company was the invention of the so-called "case in the case" or "capsules", and the patent for the invention was obtained in 2005. "Capsule" provides increased protection against ingress of moisture and dust. Today by this principle all watches of silver and gold are developed by the company Nika.
The company creates both men's silver watch Nika and ladies models. Catalog of silver watch Nika for men includes five collections of models of different 925 silver: Avantgarde, Rally, Anthurium, Apriori and Weekend. The most popular models among connoisseurs of watch art are considered men's watch silver watches Nika from the collection of Avantgarde, made of 925-carat silver. Its stylish "pincushion" form of 52 mm x 60 mm x 10.3 mm. "Internal" of watch is modest but reliable: quartz movement Ronda. On the strict dial, which is presented in black and white versions, are placed hour markers, and protects the "face" of watches with mineral glass with sapphire coating. Silver men's wrist watch Nika is secured with classic strap of leather. In short, the Nika men's silver watches Avantgarde are chosen by lovers of classics. Manufacturer proudly declares that these models are "refined minimalism to stylish maximalist"!
For women, Nika has prepared special watches made of silver. Every fashionista will find all that she wishes: here and classic silver (collections Avenue, Lunar, Olympia), and feminine accessories, decorated with sparkling cubic of zirconium (Lily Collection Silver and Snowdrop), and quite expensive models, hung with beautiful crystals of Swarovski (Imperio collection). Unique pieces of jewelry are the models for the beautiful ladies from the collection of Nika Firebird. Ladies silver watch Firebird by Nika is presented in round case of 925-carat sterling silver with 30.4 mm in diameter. On the bezel of this smaller model has settled a brilliant bird, lined with sparkling colored crystals Swarovski. For smooth running clock is responsible a reliable quartz movement Ronda, a narrow leather straps of different colors (depending on model) give the image of sophistication and elegance.
Silver watch Nika is unparalleled option for people who appreciate quality and style. Due to its attractive design and affordable price, silver watch Nika gathered around its enthusiastic crowd of fans and loyal customers.
To be continued...
Written by Natalie
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