Silver occurs both in the native as well as in the combined state.
Ores mor Principles:
The important ores of silver are
i) Argentite or silverglance, Ag2S
ii) Horn silver or chlorargyrite, AgCl
iii) Pyrargyrite or Ruby silver, Ag2S . Sb2 S3
The chief ore of silver is Argentite. The silver content in these ores is very small (about 1%). Silver is obtained to a small extent from the gold ores in the kolar fields in Karnataka and in the Anantapur mines.
Atomic mass: 108; Valency: 1
Atomic number: 47; Symbol: Ag
Position in the periodic table: Period Number -5, Group Number -11.