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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, December 2018, Consulting the Silver Expert

Consulting the Silver Expert

by Jeff Herman

Some Holiday Shopping Ideas

As it is the holiday season, you may be looking for some unique and quality gift ideas. Here are some beautiful gift ideas from the Society of American Silversmiths [No, the Institute does not receive any commissions].

“If you’re a silver lover, here’s something else you’ll appreciate about this lustrous metal: it can kill or suppress the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, mold, and fungus.

“Silver’s association with anti-bacterial properties has long been established. The ancient Phoenicians knew enough to keep water, wine and vinegar in silver vessels to ensure freshness. It is only recently, however, that scientists have discovered why silver works. Quite simply, silver interrupts the bacteria cell’s ability to form the chemical bonds essential to its survival. These bonds produce the cell’s physical structure so when bacteria meets silver it literally falls apart.

“Stainless steel doesn’t offer these benefits nor does it retain its value. Why not buy something that has been staving off illnesses naturally for centuries? Consider drinking from a silver goblet or eating from silver flatware: an elegant way to stay healthier. And when it’s time to pass down your silver to the next generation, you can extol silver’s health benefits as well.”


Mr. Herman continues to offer his services to our readers for any questions you may have about the care of silver. Either contact him at (800) 339-0417 (USA) or via email jeff @


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