More commonly known as Solid Silver, 925 Silver owes its name to its composition of 925 thousandths of pure silver and 75 thousandths of oxygen-purified copper. This contribution of copper is essential for working silver, without copper it would be impossible to work the initial material which is much too elastic and fragile. Thus, Silver 950 exists but blackens and deteriorates very quickly, while Silver 999 is only found in the form of ingots in order to be systematically re-associated with the copper and gain in mechanical resistance.
If the largest silver mines are currently located in Mexico, Guatemala, Russia, it is in Mesopotamia that the first traces of mining and separation of silver from lead are found 4000 BC. The Romans found deposits much later in Spain, extracting more than 200 tons per year, a record sadly beaten 1000 years later with the discovery of South America and the arrival of settlers in Bolivia on the hill of Potosi. Silver is a rare material, its clarke - the index that defines its presence on the earth's surface - is 0.1 g per ton (compared to 0.05 for gold).
"The Romans would later find deposits in Spain, extracting more than 200 tons a year, a record sadly beaten 1,000 years later.
A chemical element like gold and diamonds, silver is no less magical and its symbolic value far exceeds its atomic number (47). The Egyptians were already convinced that the bones of the gods were made of silver and their flesh of gold. During antiquity, the first alchemists classified it among the 7 sacred metals along with Gold, Copper, Lead, Tin, Iron and Mercury. The objective of their quest for the Philosopher's Stone was therefore to transform the other metals (classified as "vile") into these perfect materials. Each sacred metal was associated with a planet, a divinity, an organ... Gold became light, associated with the Sun and the heart; silver became purity, associated with the Moon, the brain and intelligence.
It is certainly for this reason that Silver 925 is stamped with a punch in the head of Minerva, goddess of war but also of strategy and industry. Each 925 Sterling Silver bracelet le grammehas three hallmarks: the Minerva hallmark (state hallmark certifying the quality of the precious metal), the maker's stamp and that of le gramme. The application of the stamp is the last step in the manufacturing process of the variationsle gramme. Before punching, Silver 925 will have undergone multiple transformations, the craftsman stretching the material, structuring each shape to make it absolute, calibrating each impression - smooth or guilloche pattern-, surfacing the metal to give it its polished or brushed finish.
"It is certainly for this reason that the Argent 925 is stamped with a hallmark at the head of Minerva, goddess of war but also of strategy and industry. »
le gramme has chosen not to treat the precious metal so that it retains its authenticity and takes on a natural patina over time. It is also a way to leave it its integrity and let it fully express its share of magic.
"le grammehas chosen not to treat the precious metal so that it retains its authenticity and takes on a natural patina over time. »