Silver is another popular choice for jewelry. The main advantage of this metal is that it is not as expensive as gold or platinum. However, Silver has since long been valued as a precious metal. Silver is not only used to make jewelry, but is also a popular choice for high-value tableware, utensils (hence the term silverware), and currency coins.
Pure silver is very soft and cannot be used to make jewelry. It has to be mixed with other metals before using it to make jewelry. One of the most popular jewelry metals is sterling silver, which is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper.