Silver's properties have long made it an essential element for many applications including:
Décor & Tableware
Industrial applications and alloys
Computers and cell phones
Coinage and a store of value
Although used for thousands of years for coinage, jewelry and other decorative items, silver's relatively recent industrial applications have accounted for most of its dramatic increase in usage during the 20th and 21st centuries. The metal's unique and valuable properties have made the metal indispensable to the modern world. Silver is particularly important for ongoing technological advances in a wide array of communication, aerospace, defense and computing technologies.