The Secret Of Silver Jewelry
by: George Ahrens
When we talk about precious metals we usually mean gold, platinum and another
pure metal, fine silver. Silver is one of the original materials of value
mentioned in the Bible, together with other originals such as precious gemstones
that existed from the beginning of time.
This explains part of the attraction associated with these 'non-virtual'
commodities - they existed for a very long time in human history, and presumably
even before. Used throughout all generations and nations they have been and are
one of the preferred ways to display symbols of value and are used as objects of
beauty and style in jewelry. As a form of personal expression and 'street art'.
Thinking of fashion styles we tend to look at clothing, hair styling and
makeup first. However accessories are a major part of the outfit. Jewelry one of
its coolest forms.
Why is silver jewelry one of the constants that remain throughout history?
What is the real mystery and the secret of silver? It's not only its cool
attraction -- it is one of the commodities that existed before paper money, and
it will retain it's value after currencies are gone.
In a world that goes more virtual by the minute we keep a few valuables that
have their own pre-set value outside our current reality. Currencies will go
virtual, jewelry will not.
To give you an idea about the differences of investments in tangible and
intangible products and how it works out in real life, let me give you an
example that nearly did cost me $25.000 in the past.
During the first oil crisis I lived in New Zealand for a few years and had to
invest my assets in appropriate channels at that time. Because back then not
only oil prices went up, also other commodities such as gold and silver
increased slightly in value and I decided to invest some money in metals.
After locating a company that advertised selling of gold bullion, I went to
their downtown store and asked a clerk to purchase gold for about $25.000. I
never did this kind of investment before and was a bit unsure about where to
keep it save from curious people and for the possible event of burglars in the
Knowing what was on my mind the clerk asked me that memorable question "would
you like to have this in gold options, stocks or physical bullion?" He went
through great lengths to explain me the advantages of "gold papers" that follow
the value of gold at any time, so increase in value if the gold price further
increases. There would be no necessity to actually touch physical things, and I
could cash in the papers at any time.
I almost agreed to his offer, when suddenly a small yet bright thought of
warning flashed my mind. Something that a goldsmith I met before told me years
earlier, he said: "If you ever buy gold, remember the reason why you buy it, and
do not buy virtual gold, but the real thing only".
This thought won in the end because my adviser taught me many basic things
about jewelry and metals, and I highly respected his opinion. Turned out he was
right. Less than 6 months later, the company I bought the bullion from faced
bankruptcy and all their options, shares and other papers lost all of their
value. I still had my physical gold however, that increased in value by about
10% at that time.
With that example fresh in mind, I personally still make distinctions when I
buy personal products that enhance my lifestyle today.
Yes I invest a lot in software for example that enhances my virtual PC
desktop, and helps websites function the way they should, and also loose a lot
of it every few years when a hard disk or server crashes. I also enjoy the
latest designer clothes, however they wear out and generally get damaged by
usage over time.
However I keep a small collection of silver and gold jewelry in the same
fresh looking condition as I originally bought it many years ago.
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George Ahrens is editor at BlueOceanJewelry.com where you can find a fresh
breeze in style of unique silver jewelry with a touch of smart elegance and
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