Since ancient times, human beings have sought healing properties in gemstones and minerals. From the just-for-fun aspect of mood rings to amulets designed to ward off certain dangers, it’s not hard to find jewelry purporting mystical powers.
At any swap meet or jewelry mart, you’ll encounter sellers hawking stones that they claim have healing properties. From Native American turquoise to alchemy miracles, there’s a long history of belief systems wrapped up in the healing powers of gems and metals. Indeed, royals originally wore gem-studded crowns not only as symbols of wealth and power, but also as protection against ills and evil.
So, what benefits, if any, can any jewelry truly hold? Studies are inconclusive and much is linked to the power of belief and mental suggestion, but there are distinct health benefits to wearing silver jewelry.
Sterling silver has now surpassed gold in its popularity as a metal base for jewelry due to a combination of price, value, and appearance. But its benefits extend beyond affordability and aesthetics.
What Are The Benefits of Silver Jewelry?
As a metal, silver has significant health benefits that have been used across cultures for centuries. Silver has a proven track record as a powerful antimicrobial agent fighting infections and aiding in cold and flu prevention, wound healing, and more. Silver also helps with internal heat regulation and circulation. Many have reported improvements in energy levels and balance in moods after wearing silver, as its natural properties may offset outside electrical disturbances, improve circulation and overall body temperature balance, and help maintain cleanliness and immunity.
Silver has a long history in antibiotics and sterilization, with many women and men wearing silver jewelry to stave off infection, cold/flu symptoms, and any other virus, bacteria, etc. Silver also purportedly keeps our blood vessels elastic, which enables it to play a role in bone formation and healing, as well as skin maintenance and repair. Finally, silver has a directly tangible benefit in helping us to avoid potentially toxic substances — as a metal, silver reacts and turns color when it encounters many other chemicals that are known toxins.
Some people even go beyond silver jewelry to wear silver-lined sleep masks to improve their night’s rest or silver-lined gloves to wear while typing on a laptop to disrupt the transmission of electronic signals from technology into the body.
The Science Behind Silver
This may sound like a lot of mumbo jumbo to some, but silver has a distinctly scientific basis for its health benefits derived from its electrical and thermal conductivity. Positively-charged silver ions create a conductive field that reflects electromagnetic radiation away from the body, which stimulates the body’s natural conductivity and improves blood circulation, body temperature balance, and general well-being. Positively charged silver ions also bind to negatively charged oxygen receptors in bacteria, which is why silver can fight against harmful infection and disease.
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 hyperextension 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 jewelry. In our fast-paced culture, many are turning to meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and other calming techniques to reduce anxiety. Certain types of jewelry can also be worn to help prevent anxiety and re-center. Simple silver “worry jewelry” and 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.
Keep In Mind
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 color. If you suffer from a silver allergy, you’ll want to look elsewhere for health benefits in jewelry.
Whether you believe wholeheartedly in all of silver’s reported benefits or merely enjoy the look of silver and hope it may help with anxiety or another ailment on a smaller scale, there’s no denying that wearing silver jewelry is, potentially, an aesthetically-pleasing way to calm your mind and increase your overall well-being.