Silver is a precious metal commonly found as argentite, argent tennantite, tetrahedrite, chlorargyrite, among others. Silver is regularly associated with gold, copper and lead-zinc ore and can be mined both as a main product or as a byproduct. Silver is common in volcanogenic massive sulfide VMS deposits, sedimentary exhalative (SEDEX), lithogene and magmatic-hydrothermal deposits, including epithermal vein hosted deposits.
Silver has been used historically as a monetary metal as well as in jewelry while its properties of malleability, conductivity among others, allow for several applications in a variety of industries, including medicine, water purification, window and mirror manufacturing, dental alloys, electronics, solar/photovoltaic panels, and batteries. The growing use in the energy and automotive sectors has increased the demand for silver over the past decade.