Since the days of the Ancient man, jewelleries, and especially bracelets, have been worn for their protection and beauty. Early bracelets were made of plant and animal products and then metals and gems came along. Silver bracelets and other silver jewellery are revered for their healing properties. Centuries ago, royals used to wear bracelets not only as a show of wealth and status but also to ward off ills and evils.....
What are the Benefits of Silver Bracelets?
Silver, as a metal, looks great and is always a good choice when shopping for bracelets. But its benefits go beyond aesthetics and value. Silver has been found to have powerful antimicrobial properties. The metal aids in cold and flu prevention and wound healing among other benefits.
The metal has also been found to be involved with internal body heat regulation and blood circulation. Ancient man used to wear silver jewellery and accessories to keep off infections and heal wounds. This is why you see most of the medical devices are made of silver.
When silver is exposed to substances known to be toxins, it changes its color. For instance, your silver bracelet may turn blue after you wear it for a long time. This is an indication that there are high levels of sodium in your body. If you see your silver bracelet turning blue, it is a reminder that you should cut back on salt intake.
Some people have even gone beyond bracelets to enjoy the benefits of silver more. Sleeping masks lined with silver improve a person’s night rest while silver lined gloves reduce transmission of electronic signals from technology when one is typing on a keyboard.
Picking a Silver Bracelet
Silver bracelets are designed in different forms. You may not be willing to buy into the health benefits of silver as a metal but bracelets have so many more benefits.
One of the common types of silver bracelets is the ‘worry bracelet’ which is basically a bracelet with rings that spin. This would be a good choice if you need to relieve anxiety. It’s simple; you spin the silver rings when you feel anxious even when you are in public. There is nothing scientific about it, only engaging your mind to relieve anxiety.
When picking silver jewellery, try out different forms and different designs until you see one that meets your fashion and style needs. There is no standard design for a given style, you are allowed to pick as your eyes please.
Even when you pick your silver bracelet for its healing properties or for anxiety, ensure that the bracelet can be worn even when you are not feeling anxious and you do not need healing.
Is Sterling Silver Better than Silver? If so, why?
Silver and sterling silver are sometimes described as the same metal. In reality, they are different. Silver, also referred to as fine silver, is made of 99.9 percent pure silver. On the other hand, sterling silver is an alloy of silver and another metal, usually copper, stainless steel or iron. Sterling silver may contain 92.5 percent silver (sometimes less) and the other percentage is of other metals.
On its own, silver is very soft and cannot be used to make bracelets that will stay in shape and last a long time. When other metals are added to silver, usually these metals constitute between 7 and 10 percent, they make silver strong to stay in shape and they also add beauty.
Taking care of your silver bracelet
Silver bracelets tarnish. Which is annoying, especially considering the beauty that these pieces once had when you bought them. However, you can prevent tarnishing by wearing your bracelets more often, avoiding exposure to perspiration, chemicals, chlorinated water, rubber and anything that has sulphur. When storing, store your bracelet in airtight containers.
When the tarnishing is not severe, you can polish your bracelet. You can take your bracelet to a professional cleaner or clean it at home using baking soda, or olive oil and lemon juice, or vinegar or hot water.