Silver (color)

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A silver crystal

Silver or metallic gray is a color tone resembling gray that is a representation of the color of polished silver.

Silver ingot
Silver ingot

The visual sensation usually associated with the metal silver is its metallic shine. This cannot be reproduced by a simple solid color because the shiny effect is due to the material's brightness varying with the surface angle to the light source. In addition, there is no mechanism for showing metallic or fluorescent colors on a computer without resorting to rendering software that simulates the action of light on a shiny surface. Consequently, in art and in heraldry, one would typically use a metallic paint that glitters like real silver. A matte grey color could also be used to represent silver.


The first recorded use of silver as a color name in English was in 1481.[1] In heraldry, the word argent is used,[2] derived from Latin argentum over Medieval French argent.


Common connotations
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About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#C0C0C0
sRGBB (r, g, b)(192, 192, 192)
HSV (h, s, v)(0°, 0%, 75%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(78, 0, 0°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorLight gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the web color silver.

Since version 3.2 of HTML "silver" is a name for one of the 16 basic-VGA-colors.

  • HTML-example: <body bgcolor="silver">
  • CSS-example: body { background-color:silver; }

Variations of silver[edit]

Silver (Crayola)[edit]

Silver (Crayola)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#C9C0BB
sRGBB (r, g, b)(201, 192, 187)
HSV (h, s, v)(21°, 7%, 79%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(78, 7, 42°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorYellowish gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Crayola crayons have a color called silver which is a pale tone of silver color. This silver (Crayola) has been a Crayola color since 1903.

Crayola silver is not a neutral grayscale color but a warm gray with a very slight tinge of orange-red.

Silver pink[edit]

Silver Pink
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#C4AEAD
sRGBB (r, g, b)(196, 174, 173)
HSV (h, s, v)(3°, 12%, 77%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(73, 14, 15°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorGrayish yellowish pink
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The color silver pink is displayed on the right.

The color name silver pink first came into use in 1948.

The source of this color is the Plochere Color System, a color system formulated in 1948 that is widely used by interior designers.[4]

Silver sand[edit]

Silver Sand
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#BFC1C2
sRGBB (r, g, b)(191, 193, 194)
HSV (h, s, v)(200°, 2%, 76%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(78, 2, 221°) Color List
ISCC–NBS descriptorLight greenish gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

On the right is displayed the color silver sand.

The color name silver sand for this silver-tone has been used since 2001 when it was promulgated as one of the colors on the Color List.

Silver chalice[edit]

Silver Chalice
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#ACACAC
sRGBB (r, g, b)(172, 172, 172)
HSV (h, s, v)(0°, 0%, 67%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(70, 0, 0°) Color List
ISCC–NBS descriptorLight gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

On the right is displayed the color silver chalice.

The color name silver chalice for this tone of silver has been in use since 2001 when it was promulgated as one of the colors on the Color List.

Roman silver[edit]

Roman Silver
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#838996
sRGBB (r, g, b)(131, 137, 150)
HSV (h, s, v)(221°, 13%, 59%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(57, 12, 250°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorBluish gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

On the right is displayed the color Roman silver.

Roman silver, a blue-gray tone of silver, is one of the colors on the Resene Color List, a color list widely popular in Australia and New Zealand.

Old silver[edit]

Old Silver
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#848482
sRGBB (r, g, b)(132, 132, 130)
HSV (h, s, v)(60°, 2%, 52%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(55, 2, 86°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorGreenish gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

At right is displayed the color old silver.

Old silver is a color formulated to resemble tarnished silver.

The first recorded use of old silver as a color name in English was in 1905.[5]

The normalized color coordinates for old silver are identical to battleship gray.

Sonic silver[edit]

Sonic Silver
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#757575
sRGBB (r, g, b)(117, 117, 117)
HSV (h, s, v)(0°, 0%, 46%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(49, 0, 0°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorDark gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Sonic silver is a tone of silver included in Metallic FX crayons, specialty crayons formulated by Crayola in 2001.

Silver in nature[edit]

  • A silver birch is a tree in the birch family. The leaves are whitish silver on the underside.
  • A silver fir is a valuable timber tree that originated in Europe.[6]
  • A silver maple is characterized by lacy, delicate leaves that are lighter grayish-green on the underside. These trees get their name from the shimmering effect the two-toned leaves give when fluttering in a breeze.

Silver in culture[edit]

  • The expression "every cloud has a silver lining" is used to point out that something good can often come out of even a bad situation.
  • The expression "silver-tongued" refers to a person who possesses the power of fluent, persuasive, eloquent, and witty speech.
  • The expression "born with a silver spoon in his/her mouth" means someone is born into a wealthy or well-to-do family.
  • The Chinese name Silver River (銀河) is used throughout East Asia, including Korea and Japan to denote the Milky Way Galaxy (An alternative name for the Milky Way in ancient China, especially in poems, is "Heavenly Han River"(天汉).). In Japanese, "Silver River" (銀河 ginga) means galaxies in general, and the Milky Way is called the "Silver River System" (銀河系 gingakei) or the "River of Heaven" (天の川 Amanokawa or Amanogawa).
  • Nevada is referred to as the silver state because of the historically rich silver mines located there, such as the Comstock Lode.
  • In heraldry there is no distinction between silver and white, represented as "argent".
  • In English heraldry argent (silver) or white signified brightness, purity, virtue, or innocence.[11]
  • The 25th wedding anniversary is called the silver anniversary; guests at a 25th wedding anniversary party are expected to bring gifts made of silver. By extension, the 25th anniversary of any significant event is called its Silver Jubilee.
Real estate


  • In Paganism, silver represents wisdom, intelligence, and memory. It has a feminine energy and it is used to grow psychic ability.[14]
Role playing games
School colors
  • The Silver Wolf Award is the highest award made by The Scout Association "for services of the most exceptional character."
  • The Silver Award is the highest award for GS Cadettes in Girl Scouting of the United States of America (GSUSA).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill p. 204; Color Sample of Silver: p. 97 Plate 37 Color Sample A2
  2. ^ Friar, Stephen, ed. (1987). A New Dictionary of Heraldry. London: Alphabooks/A&C Black. p. 343. ISBN 0-906670-44-6.
  3. ^ "W3C TR CSS3 Color Module, HTML4 color keywords". Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  4. ^ Plochere Color System Archived 2008-10-04 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill p. 189; Color Sample of Old Silver: p. 99 Plate 38 Color Sample A1
  6. ^ a b c d Mish, Frederic C., Editor in Chief Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.:1984--Merriam-Webster p. 1098
  7. ^ Debra J. Saunders (2008-03-11). ""Everyone's Mortgage Crisis"—Debra J. Saunders' column in the Tue. March 11, 2008 San Francisco Chronicle about the Social Security and Medicare Entitlement Crisis". Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  8. ^ Barusch, Amanda (2013). "The Aging Tsunami: Time for a New Metaphor?". Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 56 (3): 181–4. doi:10.1080/01634372.2013.787348. PMID 23548140. S2CID 41067427.
  9. ^ Charise, Andrea (2012). [ ""Let the Reader Think of the Burden": Old Age and the Crisis of Capacity.""]. Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. Retrieved 2016-03-03. {{cite journal}}: Check |url= value (help)
  10. ^ Newsweek--June 7, 2010--"The Rise of the ‘Silver Divorce’":
  11. ^ The American Girls Handy Book, p.369
  12. ^ Greenhouse, Herbert B. The Astral Journey New York:1975 Doubleday p. 46
  13. ^ Silverdome Sells for $583,000:
  14. ^ "Magical Properties of Colors". Wicca Living. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  15. ^ Andrews, Vincent (2010), The Leatherboy Handbook, The Nazca Plains Corp., ISBN 978-1-61098-046-3
  16. ^ Hankycode on Archived 2007-12-06 at the Wayback Machine access date 2012-03-30
  17. ^ Hankycode on access date 2010-03-30
  18. ^ Hanky Code on Sacramento Bolt website

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