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Silver Art - Cruising Through History

Apr 5, 2008
There are no culture which does not appreciate beauty of silver has not been touched by the artistic work of silver. It was during Renaissance the silver-smiths hit the heights of its craftsmanship. During the pre-Christian era, silver was higher in worth than gold was, and the Bible mentions silver in several areas as having value and worth. During the Baroque period, the royalty of England prospered in silver from coins to silver crafted cups. The Rococo styles brought out beautiful silver art, as did the Art Nouveau period while at its peak period. Russia has a uniqueness of richness in silver artworks and silver inlays.

There are no culture which does not appreciate beauty of silver has not been touched by the artistic work of silver. Although the exact period that silver had begun to be used, but presence of silver in Egypt dates back to 2500 B.C. These silver decorations were done in stone, resembling to be the first forms of silver-smith. It was during Renaissance the silver-smiths hit the heights of its craftsmanship. This was the time period that silver craftsmanship became more intricate designs.

Silver is a highly versatile metal that has been known to be used in manufacture of coins, large statues art of filigree in fine wires and used in inlay in precious stone, paintings, worked in gems or ivory and even Faberge to create decorative pieces and jewelry for personal adornment. Silver has played many roles throughout every culture and is highly valued even today.

During the colonial era in America, silver-smiths were part of the American history with many notable craftsmen make a niche in working with the silver. During the pre-Christian era, silver was higher in worth than gold was, and the Bible mentions silver in several areas as having value and worth. Apart from Americans, European countries have had their own historic connection with Silver.

During the Baroque period, the royalty of England prospered in silver from coins to silver crafted cups. The Rococo styles brought out beautiful silver art, as did the Art Nouveau period while at its peak period. Russia has a uniqueness of richness in silver artworks and silver inlays. The Jewish religion has an intertwined connection that could be even more special than the Russian silver connection.

Silver Judaica is one of the oldest functioning art forms relating to the first Synagogues of Jerusalem. Silver Judaica can not only be categorized as an art, but as an important religious aspect of Judaism and gains even more significance as time goes by. Every Jewish ceremony has a specific silver item beautifully crafted for one of the many Jewish religious celebrations.

Throughout many of the countries today, silver is now less expensive as compared to gold, but this does not mean that silver is not desired. It retains its own unique place today as it has been in the past. Silver jewelry alone is high in value and continues to be placed in the categories of investments close to the levels of gold and platinum used as investments and as the raw material of most of the artistic mediums.
About the Author
Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Silver Art to Russian Silver & enamel and Mammoth Ivory.
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