Precious metals have been used for every purpose imaginable since the dawn of time. Ancients, for example ancient Egyptians were convinced the metals provide innumerable health benefits and could cure various ailments. We, of course, are only talking about positive effects of these metal when worn in a form of cufflinks or other jewelry pieces. Ancient Indians ate with gold and silver utensils and used copper vessels to store and drink water. When it comes to choosing your vintage and antique cufflinks, the precious metal choice is an important factor, alongside workmanship and rarity of the cufflinks.
Cufflinks Made of Silver
Silver has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, and it has been used throughout the ages to cure infections and help heal wounds.
Has cooling properties for treating excess ‘pitta’ and ‘vata’ ailments. It is used to treat digestive and urinary system problems due to its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Used to promote strength Wearing a silver ring helps control blood pressure and also controls the gastrointestinal system.
Silver is also known to be used to treat inflammatory conditions of the gallbladder and liver. Effective for heart conditions, fever, and weakness In hospitals, medical equipment made of silver can be used to prevent the spread of MRSA, and prescription drugs or topical preparations containing silver are used to treat infections and assist in wound healing due to its antimicrobial property.
Cufflinks Made of Gold
Throughout centuries kings and queens would wear golden crowns on their heads and those who study reflexology believe that the electrical meridians of the body are the electrical circuits of the body and are directly influenced by gold. True or false, modern medicine has found many healing powers of gold.
One example, gold is said to be especially beneficial for the brain, heart, and lungs. Wearing golden jewelry and accessories has been believed to stimulate memory, strengthens the heart, improving arrhythmia. Due to gold’s antibacterial properties, it’s also used in beauty treatments for a variety of skin conditions and rejuvenation.
Add a Gold Ring to Go With Your Cufflinks
Interestingly, researchers from the City Hospital in Birmingham, UK found that gold from the rings could pass through the skin “downstream” to the nearby knuckle joint in sufficient quantities to delay erosion. Gold has been used by today’s medical communities to treat rheumatic disease ever since the beginning of our century. After noticing that a 62-year-old woman who had had rheumatoid arthritis for 47 years was significantly less affected in the finger on which she wore her wedding ring, researchers decided to x-ray the ring fingers of 30 ring wearers and 25 non-ring wearers who had had the disease for at least two years. After the study was published many researchers groups followed with their studies as well in this area.
Cufflinks made of the rarest metal on the planet
Rhodium is a gorgeous silver-white metallic element that is highly reflective and resistant to corrosion. It is considered the rarest, only occurring up to one part per 200 million in the Earth’s crust. It is also the most valuable precious metal in the world —a good grade above gold or silver.
The name rhodium comes from the Greek word “rhodon,” meaning rose, named for the rose-red color of its salts. Rhodium is one of the of the six platinum group metals: platinum, palladium, rhodium, osmium, iridium and ruthenium. It is also classified as a noble metal, meaning that it does not react to oxygen easily and is resistant to corrosion and oxidation.
Usually you’ll find rhodium plated silver used in cufflinks and other jewelry design. A little less common, but still easy to find–jewelry and accessories made of rhodium plated white gold. If you looking to buy a pair of vintage or antique rhodium plated cufflinks, you should know that one of the upsides of such purchase is that rhodium makes any piece of jewelry more resistant to scratches and less prone to tarnishing. With a simple care such pieces could be passed down through generations in the family.