When the Phoenicians first came to what is now Spain, they obtained so much silver that they could not fit it all on their ships, and as a result used silver to weight their anchors instead of lead. The glory of the Greek and Roman civilizations were, for a significant share, financed by silver. The rise of Athens was partly possible through the nearby silver mines in Laurium. The silver was mainly used for coins. Until late in the 20th century, silver coins were the primary payment method. Did you know? Worldwide, in at least 14 languages the word silver also means money!
The silver-winning started in South America around the beginning of the 18th century. Particularly in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. The last one is even named after the winning; the name is derived from the Latin word Argentum (silver).
Silver is used in many religious ornaments; drink cups, candlesticks, trays, and statues. It depends on religion, but almost every type of church has silver elements. Next, to the real luxurious appearance, the color also has a negative religious meaning. They were silver bribes that Judas received to betray Jesus.
There is a particular mystery surrounding the color silver; it is often associated with the moon, the sea, and various gods. It got even mystic powers if you believe the stories about how to kill a werewolf or witch. In the flower industry silver is a color of holidays, glamour and extravagant.
The season of silver is the season we can all use a little bit more sparkles in our lives. In the winter, with a peak around Christmas. For the lovers, the season often starts in the Fall. Think about Sphagnum Moss Silver, Brunia and the beautiful green-silver shades of some types of Eucalyptus.
Not many flowers have a silver color or shade naturally. Luckily, in the right season, we are helping mother nature. Some of our favorites:
- Rosa Marshmallow painted Silver: maybe, for some people to bold. But what an eye-catcher in a bouquet.. Go big or go home!
- Ruscus painted Silver: this silver variant has been famous for years. Easy to combine, and shining bright like a diamond.
- Senecio Maritima: what a beautiful color palette, a striking appearance this Senecio.
- Kochia Scoparia: a mythical, almost alien, kind of flower. Luckily, this flower is almost year-round available.