Silver is bright, usually has a sheen that is not present in gold. It is considered by many to be second best. If you can’t be the “golden boy”, or the golden idol, or placed at the top of the pyramid, can’t be the number one choice; is there anything wrong with that? 24 carat gold is not near as reflective or strong as silver. Silver is unique and should stand on its own, without comparison.
*”Silver is somewhat rare and expensive, although not as expensive as gold. Slag dumps in Asia Minor and on islands in the Aegean Sea indicate that man learned to separate silver from lead as early as 3000 B.C. Pure silver has a brilliant white metallic lustre. It is a little harder than gold and is very ductile and malleable. Pure silver has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of all metals, and possesses the lowest contact resistance. Silver iodide, AgI, is (or was?) used for causing clouds to produce rain. Silver is stable in pure air and water, but tarnishes when exposed to ozone, hydrogen sulphide, or air containing sulphur. It occurs in ores including argentite, lead, lead-zinc, copper and gold found in Mexico, Peru, and the USA.”
*Information from: https://www.webelements.com/silver/