Silver is one of the most well known and popular precious metals, having been used for jewelry, ornaments and coinage for over 6,000 years. Today the demand remains, but now it has shifted to the photography industry. It is an element and a mineral; as an element it meets the criteria of a mineral. It is mostly extracted from ores, but appreciable amounts are mined from Native Silver (native; found in a chemically uncombined state). Its color is silver white with a metallic luster. It is paired and associated with numerous contrasting minerals, including Acanthite, Calcite, Copper, Quartz, Cuprite and Galena.
The crystal system for this Silver is isometric. Though rare, octahedral, dodecahedral and cubic crystals can occur. More common forms include dendritic (branching formations), massive, reticulated, scales, and wires that are curved and intertwined together.
Notable localities for quality specimens include Australia, Chile, China, Germany, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco and Norway.