Silver is a precious metal and has been highly valued since approximately 4000 B.C. The first source of silver was in what we now know as Turkey. Craftsmen throughout Asia and than into Europe. By the first century approximately 500 B.C. records show the Laurium Mines near Athens, Greece were the worlds largest resource for Silver producing a million troy ounces of Silver per year. After the first century A.D. the Spanish Silver trade began developing new Silver Mines in other parts of Europe. The overall production of Silver remained about the same until 1500 AD when new technologies for recovering Silver and new resources were found by the Spaniards in the New World.
By 1492, the Spaniards discovered there were vast resources
of Silver in Bolivia. Spanish records indicate that about 1 billion troy ounces
were produced from this area from 1500 - 1800 AD The Spaniards were very active
in that period of time and also discovered large resources of Silver
in Mexico that produced about 1.5 billion troy ounces with the bulk being mined
from 1700 to 1800 AD From 1500 through 1800, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico accounted
for over 80 percent of world production and trade.
After 1850, Silver had become a world standard commodity that had a set value and global trade began using Silver along with Gold to set values on trade items. The global community became dependent on this factor and the exploration and production of Silver escalated dramatically. Silver was discovered in Australia, throughout Europe, Africa, Russia, Japan, Canada and many other countries throughout the world. A major discovery in the United States of the Comstock Lode in Nevada set records and the industrialization and recovery methods were refined by American ingenuity.
By 1920, an explosion in both technological innovation and exploitation created primarily by United States developers enabled new methods of extracting Silver from different minerals which paved the way for exponential Silver production worldwide. By this time over 190 million troy ounces of Silver were being recovered annually, worldwide.
In 2009, Silver recovery reached an all time high of over 700 million troy ounces of Silver being recovered globally. The bulk of Silver being produced came from Peru, Mexico, China, Australia, Bolivia, Russia, Chile, United States, Poland, Kazakhstan, Canada, Argentina, Turkey, Sweden, Morocco, Indonesia, Indian, Guatemala, Iran and South Africa.
Today, December 2010, Silver has topped $28.00 per troy ounce and all indications and forecast point to it going considerably higher. China has urged their citizens to invert in Silver and with over 400,000,000 households this is very serious. In addition, industry is using well over 10% more Silver than is being taken out of the ground annually. The demand for Silver is increasing rapidly in the electronics, solar energy, medical, Jewelry and water purification industries.
An interesting fact, the historical high for Silver was set in 1477 AD at $807.00 per troy ounce.
Durango Silver Co of Durango, Co produces one of a kind Western
Sterling Silver Jewelry. We make rings, pendants, necklaces, cuff bracelets,
other items in Silver. We have been in the Silver business for nearly forty years now and create unusual Silver Jewelry items that are not produced elsewhere. We specialize in high quality American Turquoise in Silver and own several Turquoise Mines in Nevada. American handcrafted silver such as ours is becoming some of the rarest jewelry on earth.
Here at Durango Silver Co. our specialty is Turquoise Jewelry and silver jewelry with gemstones. We make all kinds of unique American made silver jewelry. We have designs that are Art Deco style, contemporary, Southwestern, western, and Victorian. All our our Silver Jewelry is handmade with love and thought.
We use Sterling Silver in our Jewelry, Sterling Silver is .925 Silver and .75% copper. The copper gives Silver its hardness which enables us to make durable Silver Jewelry that will withstand the test of time. Sterling also takes on a slightly different color then fine Silver, also due to the hardness. Sterling has a much higher luster when it is new and as it ages it obtains a beautiful black patina in the recesses. Most people who buy and collect Western Silver Jewelry like the antique look Sterling takes on after it has been worn for a while. Make sure you always look for hand crafted silver jewelry.
Western Silver from the Southwest U.S. is unique to itself and our company is known for making a style of handcrafted Western Silver Jewelry that is different than most and only sold by our company. Our Western Silver Mens Rings have been a specialty of ours for many years, we incorporate high quality Turquoise with Sterling Silver to make some of the finest Mens Turquoise Rings in the Southwest. We also make beautiful Western Silver Women's Rings that are distinct and very special. Another favorite Western Silver item is our Turquoise Earrings, we have a great selection that you are certain to like.
Silver Jewelry is very special when accented with high quality Turquoise. Here are some classic examples of Silver pieces.
Above is a Silver Gentleman's Ring handcrafted with stamping and overlay work. The Silver work is designed around a Turquoise gemstone which creates a unique and one of a kind piece of Sterling Silver Jewelry. Durango Silver Co makes a wide selection of Silver Jewelry for both men and women. This Silver Mens Ring is a classic example of a Southwest Western Silver and Turquoise Ring. If you would like to see more photos and information on this Silver Ring, view its presentation page.
Above to the left is a Silver Pendant with a green Turquoise Stone from Nevada. This is an outstanding piece of Turquoise Jewelry Navajo Indian made in Silver with beautiful wire and bead designs. The photo on the right is show a pair of Navajo handcrafted Earrings made in Silver with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise from Arizona. Both of these Silver Jewelry items are typical examples of what you can expect to see in our online catalog by selecting any of the buttons to the left.
If you would like to see more on Silver Turquoise Jewelry by Durango Silver Co, visit our Silver Turquoise Jewelry presentation page.
Sterling Jewelry by Durango Silver Co is superior quality and as you wear our Jewelry it will become more and more beautiful as the Sterling ages naturally.
Above is a Sterling Silver Mens Rings featuring two Elk Teeth. This piece was made by applying layer over layer of molten wax with a Jewelers wax pen. This is an unusual art form that we do at Durango Silver Co. See its presentation page for more information on this piece.
Here are two different Jewelry items created in Sterling Silver. The Sterling Silver Frog was fabricated and stamped from Silver sheet and than Turquoise stones were inlayed into bezels that were soldered onto the frog. The Sterling Silver Necklace set to the right is quite unusual and unique to itself. This was created with a mix of gemstones and is considered Sterling Silver bezel work by John Hartman of Durango Silver Company. Read more about this piece on its presentation page.
Western Silver Jewelry by Durango Silver Co is handcrafted, made with Sterling Silver and high quality gemstones.
These two Western Silver pieces of Jewelry were produced by Durango Silver Co. The Western Silver Bracelet on the left was made in the same manor as the Elk Tooth Ring above. It is an outstanding piece of wearable artwork and you can see more information on its presentation page. The colorful Earrings on the right were made with Rhodocrosite from Colorado. This is a great example of South Western Silver Jewelry and the exciting flare it ads to a Jewelry collection.
To the left is a Western Silver Ladies Diner Ring made with Spiny Oyster, Sugilite and Lime Turquoise. The Western Silver work is considered Victorian style created by John Hartman. John has been a gold and silversmith for over 40 years and his work is collected worldwide. View the presentation page for this piece. The Victorian Western Silver Pendant to the right is another piece created by John, view its presentation page for more info.
We hope you have enjoyed our presentation on Silver, Sterling Silver and Western Silver and have gained some useful knowledge from it. We invite you to learn more about Turquoise and Turquoise Jewelry by following the links in our Learning Center to other informational pages that we have written on different topics related to Turquoise Jewelry. In addition, we would like to invite you to join our E-Mail Newsletter - about once every other month we send out a Newsletter to inform our members of what's happening with Durango Silver Company, new products, specials for our members and more. We also have a monthly drawing from our member base to give away free Turquoise Jewelry from our company. Please take a moment to become one of our friends by signing in below. Please come see us in our Silver Gallery in Durango, Colorado USA. We hope we have been able to teach you something about Silver.