Chemical Formula: Ag
Of all metials, silver has the highest thermal and electrical conductivity - even higher than copper, and would be more widely used if it wasn't for cost. It is still used in high-end audio equipment and printed electrical circuits. Its use in coinage closely followed that of gold, and it is highly valued in dectorative and functional objects, as well as jewellergy. Silver's other main industrial use has been in photography, and it is also a medium for high-end musical instruments, particularly flutes.
Properties: Silver is the "pure metal", literally as well as figuratively, leading to its role in popular fiction as the "silver bullet" needed to kill the werewolf - or the beast within. Because of its antimicrobial quality, there are a number of products available for the treatment of infection, including silver infused plasters and colloidal silver spray for throat and other infections. In addition, a pure silver specimen can be placed on the Upper Heart Chakra or in the area of infection during a treatement. Alternatively, if you have no native silver in your toolkit, good quality silver jewellery (without stone) or a silver coin can be used in its place. Silver has long been associated with the moon and the feminine principle, as well as divine wisdom. Meditate with pure silver to connect with goddess energy, your own divine feminine, or whatever you hold sacred, and place it on the altar in lunar rituals. Its reflective sheen means it is used as the backing for mirrors, and because of the sensitivity of two silver halides to light, pre-digital photography would have been impossible without it - so is useful in helping us to "see clearly", and as an aid to deep self-reflection. As it is a transmitter of energy, silver wire is often used in wands, and it makes an excellent material for the base of the wand itself, to finely direct healing energy, and is sometimes used to make pendulums. I strongly recommend that any jewellery worn for healing purposes is set in pure metal and worn on a pure metal chain, and silver is the best of these (although gold is appropriate as well for different reasons).