A silversmith is a craftsperson who works
in the medium of silver. Since silversmiths often
bring silver together with other metals, they need to
have skills and techniques that go beyond silver.
The term "Silversmith" has been
attributed to the primary product that these artisans
made in years gone by -- silverware for the table.
Over time, the silversmith applied their craft in new
areas, especially jewelry-making.
Silversmiths are much more common than
goldsmiths because silver is a much more popular
material for jewelry and other items than gold.
The reason for this is simple: price. At the time
of this writing, gold is about 60 times more expensive
per gram than silver. Of course, many silversmiths
work in both silver and gold.
Silversmiths use a variety of techniques.
Among these are the following:
Casting. With this
approach, the silversmith creates a mold into which
molten silver is poured and then set. It is a
particularly effective strategy when one wishes to
make silver with delicate patterns. An ancient
process that is still used today is called lost
process involves cutting silver and other metals
into desired shapes and then bringing them together
to create the final piece. Joining of parts can be
done with riveting, welding, soldering, and other
Forging. This term
refers to the forming of a material, such as silver,
by heating it and then and hammering it into the