Silver is a whitish metallic element which is rare, corrosion resistant, strong, and not affected by elements like vegetable acids, moisture, or alkalis. There are many special physical characteristics of Silver, which makes it quite useful in many industries. Among all metals, Silver is considered the most reflective. It has been used extensively in coinage and silverwareby past rulers of Indian subcontinent.
Prominence in Our Culture
In Indian culture and traditions, Silver occupies a unique place by virtue of being a rare, precious metal. It is widely gifted on the occasion of marriages and offered as a vow to Gods and Goddesses. Many idols of gods are created with silver, including utility articles which are used on special occasions like Silver plates, spoons, vessels etc.
In pujas, Silver holds a special prominence as articles made of Silver are considered holy and ideal for performing religious rituals. In many ways, Silver has been an inseparable part of our culture, for its artistic and monetary value.
The Art of Silversmithing
Silversmiths are craftsmen who craft a wide variety of objects from silver. Silversmiths are involved in the art of making silver. Silversmithing refers to the art of turning silver sheet into hollow ware like dishes, cups, bowls, vases, ewers, urns, and many other articles of household silver and jewelry.
Telangana state is home to several jewelry clusters in many towns and cities, where silver articles are made by both silversmiths and goldsmiths.