Silver is in higher demand than ever before. The upward trend for sterling silver accessories has been prominent for a while and shows no sign of slowing. However, it is not just the use of silver in the jewellery industry that keeps demand high.
We come into contact with objects that use silver every day, but how many are we actually aware of? Here are just a few ways that silver is used. Take a look, it may just surprise you.
- Mobile phones contain gold and silver. Over 3.5 kilograms of silver can be extracted from one tonne of disused cell phones.
- Silver is used in computer keyboards as it possesses high electrical conductivity qualities.
Silver is found in some batteries, such as hearing aids and watches, as it prolongs battery life.
- Silver is widely used in house insulation, especially solar panelling.
- Silver can be contained in medicinal topical treatment gels and bandages as it assists the body’s cell renewal process.
- Silver can kill some bacteria and viruses and is used by hospitals for assisting in the fight against MRSA superbugs. Hospitals also use silver in operating theatres, x-ray machines and even equipment such as catheters.
- Silver is even used in many water purification processes and can also eradicate Legionnaires’ Disease.
- Silver is used in traditional film photography. Although the rise of digital photography has meant that this segment of the market has experienced a decline in demand, there is continued demand in the film industry and in developing countries.
With so many varied and important uses, silver really is the hidden treasure most of us couldn’t live without!