Throughout ancient times and history, we have adorned ourselves with jewels and yet their subtle lure remains a mystery. According to folklore and stories throughout history, many gemstones and metals are thought to offer mystic healing powers to its wearer. Royals originally wore gem-studded crowns not only as symbols of wealth and power, but also as protection against ills and evil.
Priests of different religions used gems in rings for similar reasons. Gems exhibit their power in a beneficial or negative way – depending on how they are used. The inherent powers of gemstones and metals are recognized by modern science in the technological uses of crystals in watches, lasers, and computers, but the subtler potencies, such as their ability to promote physical healing in the body, or their power to help balance human emotions, elude modern science.
Sterling Silver has now surpassed gold in its popularity as a metal base for jewellery due to a combination of price, value, and appearance. But its benefits extend beyond affordability and aesthetics.
What does silver do for your health? Silver has numerous health properties that have been used across time and culture. It is a powerful antimicrobial agent that aids in cold and flu prevention, wound healing, and skin care. Silver also helps with internal heat regulation and circulation. When applied in the right quantity and manner, silver also provides protection against harmful electromagnetic radiation from cell phones and other electronics.
How does it work? The benefits of silver are derived from its electrical and thermal conductivity i.e. its ability to generate an electrical field that distributes electricity and heat around the body. Positively-charged silver ions create a conductive field that reflects electromagnetic radiation away from the body, much like a mirror reflects light. This field stimulates the body’s existing conductivity, improving blood circulation, temperature balance, and general healing.
These positively silver ions also bind to negatively charged oxygen receptors in bacteria, destabilizing their metabolic enzymes and causing them to suffocate.
How can you wear silver to reap these benefits? Silver can be worn against the skin, where it is able to interact with your skin’s natural conductivity and provide the most benefits for any potential skin irritations, circulation trouble, or temperature imbalance.
In what situations would it best benefit you to wear silver? Silver is best worn when either the immune system is weak or when the body faces a particularly challenging environment, such as travel, toxic urban environments, or hyper-connected office spaces, where we face heightened exposure to both germs and electronics. Wearing silver rings and bracelets while working on your laptop, for example, will significantly improve your comfort, energy, and immunity by blocking your wrist’s exposure to laptop electrical fields, as well as preventing the spread of office colds.
For those that are skeptical, consider that researchers at the University of Southampton have proven that wearing a specific type of silver ring can help alleviate some symptoms of arthritis in the hands. The benefits include not only helping to reduce pain, but also preventing hyper-extension in the finger joints, which is common in those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
Even for those not willing to buy into the properties of silver as a metal, there is another way to reap health benefits from wearing silver jewellery. In our fast-paced culture, many are turning to meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and other calming techniques to reduce anxiety. Certain types of jewellery can also be worn to help prevent anxiety and re-center. Simple silver “stress rings” or spinner rings, which feature an outer band that spins freely around the inner ring, have been proven to have a calming effect that helps fight anxiety through repetitive motion. Those suffering from anxiety can quietly spin their ring to help combat symptoms even when in a public, crowded space.
A word of caution One brief word of warning — though silver has many proven (and some unproven) health benefits, there are those who are allergic to silver. For these individuals, wearing silver can have the opposite effect, causing a rash or making your skin change colour. If you suffer from a silver allergy, you’ll want to look elsewhere for health benefits in jewellery.
Whether you believe wholeheartedly in all benefits Silver might offer or not entirely, silver jewellery is an aesthetically-pleasing way to calm your mind and increase your overall well-being.
Light and Love