Here at Chakra Hub, our jewellery products are focused on the main symbols of Yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism. In particular, what the symbols are and why it is important for practitioners to know them and what they signify. We offer the products here, in genuine 925, 990 and 999 silver. This blog will explain what these numbers mean and why wearing silver jewellery is in line with the clean healthy life styles that underline the teachings of Yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism. So then: “Is Silver Jewellery Good for Your Health?”
Silver is a lustrous, soft white metal and is one of the elements that make up the Earth. It is a rare metal that has long been valued for its versatility. Slag dumps in Asia Minor and the Aegean Sea islands show that our ancestors were mining silver over 5,000 years ago.
What Is Sterling Silver?
Sterling silver is an alloy created when copper; nickel or zinc is added to pure silver in order to make the resulting compound more durable and less soft. Usually, sterling silver has a purity of 92.5%, meaning that 7.5% of the alloy is made of copper or another metal (usually nickel or zinc). There is also the so-called coin silver, which is an alloy of lower purity: It usually contains 90% or less silver. Although sterling silver is more durable than pure silver, the additional metals in the alloy make sterling silver more prone to tarnishing. This happens because the copper, nickel, zinc or other mixtures in sterling silver may react with oxygen and other elements in the air.
Recognising Fine Silver and Sterling Silver Marks
Fine silver is stamped with marks such as 999, 99.9 or .999, others are marked 990, 99.0 or .990 indicating how much silver the piece contains per hundred or thousand parts. Sterling silver is usually marked 925, .925 or 92.5. Jewellery with lower purity is not considered sterling silver by U.S. standards. It is worth noting that silver sold in Europe or other parts of the world may have purity lower than 92.5% and still be marketed as silver or sterling silver. For example, German silver may have silver content as low as 80%. Russian silver may also have purity lower than 90%. Because of the different silver content standards around the world, it always pays to inquire about the actual silver content of the jewellery you are about to buy and pay attention to the marks stamped on it.
What Are The Benefits of Silver?
As a metal, silver has significant health benefits that have been used across cultures for centuries. Silver has a proven track record as a powerful antimicrobial agent fighting infections and aiding in cold and flu prevention, wound healing, and more. Silver also helps with internal heat regulation and circulation. Many have reported improvements in energy levels and balance in moods after wearing silver, as its natural properties may offset outside electrical disturbances, improve circulation and overall body temperature balance, and help maintain cleanliness and immunity.
Silver's antibacterial properties have been exploited in a number of applications. For many years, silver drops were placed into newborn babies' eyes to protect against blindness caused by maternal gonorrhoea. Antibiotics such as erythromycin are now used for similar infections. Silver has also been used in salves for burn victims and to purify water. Although these uses of silver are less common now than a century ago, health experts are considering using silver again, in place of chlorine, in water-purification systems such as those that service swimming pools, because of concerns that chlorine can react with other elements in the environment to form carcinogenic by-products.
Since time immemorial, especially in the Far East, Silver has widely been believed to possess a wide variety of excellent health boosting properties. One of this is its uncommon ability to stimulate proper energy flow when placed in direct contact with the skin. This effect allows the body to accumulate more power.
At the same time, this enhanced energy flow through the body is also said to go a long way in preventing lethargic tendencies for those individuals who may be prone to them. This means that by integrating the habit of regularly wearing sterling silver, you will always feel vivacious and reinvigorated for much longer. Additionally, this rare precious metal is also believed to play a role in significantly improving mental focus and concentration.
925 sterling silver is also believed to be very useful for those people who suffer from inflammation as well as arthritis. As it is, silver can be absorbed through the skin, and it possesses exceptionally high pain relieving effects once it finds its way into the body. It also plays a critical part in promoting proper blood circulation within the body. It also helps to reduce pain in muscle tissue and joints of individuals with inflammation and arthritis.
The Science behind Silver
Researchers at the University of Southampton have proven that wearing a specific type of silver ring can help alleviate some symptoms of arthritis in the hands. The benefits include reduced pain and prevention of hyper-extension in the finger joints, which is common in those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.Silver has a distinctly scientific basis for its health benefits derived from its electrical and thermal conductivity. Positively-charged silver ions create a conductive field that reflects electromagnetic radiation away from the body, which stimulates the body’s natural conductivity and improves blood circulation, body temperature balance, and general well-being. Positively charged silver ions also bind to negatively charged oxygen receptors in bacteria, which is why silver can fight against harmful infection and disease.
Trace amounts of silver are in the bodies of all humans and animals. We normally take in between 70 and 88 micrograms of silver a day, half of that amount from our diet. Humans have evolved with efficient methods of dealing with that intake, however. Over 99 percent is readily excreted from the body. Unlike other metals such as lead and mercury, silver is not toxic to humans and is not known to cause cancer, reproductive or neurological damage, or other chronic adverse effects. Nor has normal day-to-day contact with solid silver coins, spoons or bowls been found to affect human health. This is because solid silver is almost completely biologically inert, and even if ingested, would pass through the human body without being absorbed into tissues.
Some People Have Silver Allergy
Though silver has many proven health benefits, there are those who are allergic to silver. For these individuals, wearing silver can have the opposite effect, causing a rash or making your skin change colour. Please follow the advice of your Doctors in all things to do with your health.