Silver: A native element, mineral, alloy, and byproduct
Silver as a Native Element Mineral. Silver is rarely found as a native element mineral. When found, it is often associated with quartz, gold, copper, sulfides of other metals, arsenides of other metals, and other silver minerals. Unlike gold, it is rarely found in significant amounts in placer deposits.How silver is made - material, making, history, used,,Pure silver, which would be too soft to be durable, is mixed with 5-20% copper in an alloy known as sterling silver. Today, a very small percentage of the world's silver is used in coinage, though silver coins were a popular form of currency until the recent past.Photos of Natural Silver Ore, Silver minerals, Crystal,,The rich silver minerals pyrargyrite and stephanite boost the silver content of this bonanza grade ore. The Silver Peak mining district in Esmerelda County, Nevada was very productive in the late 1800s, but work continued through the early 1900s, and is still a site for ongoing open pit gold mining to this day.