M. Tristan Precious Metals, Fine Jewelry, Precious Gemstones is a U.S. based company with colleagues located from the east to west coast with our home office in Boston, Massachusetts.
When selecting M. Tristan jewelry for yourself or someone special, you shop with the confidence of premium quality and timeless heirloom style.
Over the last ten years, the value of Pure Silver has increased 700%. These numbers speak for themselves, but Silver has an even richer history.
Silver predates history, but is included in recorded texts as far back as 700 BC. This precious metal had many valuable uses including jewelry, and was one of the earliest forms of monetary exchange.
The beauty, weight and lack of corrosion made silver a store of value, hence one of the earliest of metals to be used as a medium of exchange. It was in 560 BC in Lydia, King Croesus stamped silver as official coinage.
There was an early discovery that wine, milk, water, and vinegar stayed purer longer in silver vessels. This increased its value as a container for long voyages. Recorded use of silver to prevent infection dates to ancient Greece and Rome, where it was used in the Middle Ages for several purposes such as to disinfect water and food during storage, and also for the treatment of burns and wounds as wound dressing.
In 1792, silver played a key role in the United States monetary system. Congress based the currency on silver. Silver was used for the nation’s coinage as recently as 1965.
In the 19th century, sailors on long ocean voyages would put silver coins in barrels of water and wine to keep the liquid pure. Pioneers in America used the same idea as they made their journey from coast to coast. Silver solutions were approved in the 1920s by the US Food and Drug Administration for use as antibacterial agents.
The dawn of the 20th century marked an important economic function for silver as industrial material, once again increasing silvers value and net worth.
Today, silver is sought as a valuable and practical industrial commodity, as well as an appealing investment precious metal. Many countries still issue silver bullion coins, among them the Unites States, Canada and Mexico, but private issue silver bullion is also available from select private mints.
We invite you to own a piece of the future and chose from our ever-expanding collection of fine materials and craftsmanship.