Oil, transformed into pollutions, is going up into the air while the wells dry up. Peak oil is here and more peaks are coming up. 2029 peak silver is expected to occur and any new great findings of significance are not likely to be found. While supplies are decreasing demands are increasing. Fields of applications are solar panels, medicines and water purification.
Out of lust and curiosity to explore new materials and expressions jewellery artists use less and less silver in their work, but a rising price is also a factor in this development.
I myself love working in silver. The metal it self was in fact the main reason why I once started making jewellery. Now I may have to rethink.