Silver is a whitish metallic element which is rare, corrosion resistant, strong, and not affected by elements like vegetable acids, moisture, or alkalis. Among all metals, Silver is considered the most reflective. It has been used extensively in coinage and silverware by past rulers of Indian subcontinent. 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. 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. They cut certain shapes from the sterling, including fine silver sheet metal. Later, hammers are used to form the Silver metal evenly over anvils. Silver is further hammered cold, which is done at room temperature. Once the metal becomes hammered, and worked, it becomes hardened, suited ideally to create different shapes for the desired articles.
Annealing is the process of heat-treatment which is further used to make the silver soft again. The metal has to be work-hardened, and also annealed occasionally, otherwise it may crack and weaken. Silversmiths make use of casting techniques for creating handles, knobs, and base for the hollowware they create. After the process of forming and casting, the different pieces are assembled by processes like soldering and riveting. The demand for Silver articles is always high among buyers, and the precious metal continues is a most sought-after material for Indians, of every generation. Silversmiths in the region of Telangana constantly innovate, creating novel designs that are quite popular for both utility as well as ornamental purposes.