In the medieval paintings depicting those of royalty and ‘high birth’ it is quite noticeable that their skin has a blueish tinge.
Silver has very strong antibacteriostatic and antiviral properties. This has been known since early days and those born with ‘a silver spoon in the mouth’ usually ate and drank from silver utensils and cutlery.
Regular intake of silver causes the skin to adopt a blue or green tinge, known as Argyria. As medicine often contained silver, only the aristocracy could afford it. They were called ‘bluebloods’ for good reasons. The term ‘silver service’ came from this background of the elite and was reserved for the privileged. Today, with the merging of first and business classes on airlines, the line has become blurred but the essential divide remains.
We all require a little silver service ourselves from time to time. It is important to celebrate achievements and accomplishments and afford the luxury of indulgence, life is too short to be stingy.
‘Happiness is having something to do, something to look forward to and someone to love’ is quite true and when the moment has arrived to reap the rewards of the efforts put forward, then ‘silver service’ is quite appropriate.
A little known but handy tip for keeping an open bottle of champagne as bubbly as when it was opened is to use a silver teaspoon with the handle inserted into the neck. Although the contents are exposed to the air, the effervescence remains for several days.
Silver possesses the highest electrical conductivity of any element, the highest thermal conductivity and reflectivity of any metal. It may not be as celebrated as gold in its appeal but has many practical uses that make it a valuable friend.
If every cloud has a silver lining, maybe our task is to look for the silver or the opportunity for growth that is inherent in every obstacle. We may not be able to turn lead into gold but turning a situation around to work for us instead of against us is true alchemy.