Silver (color)

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

A silver crystal
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 which simulates the action of light on a shiny surface. Consequently, in art and in heraldry one would normally 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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      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#C0C0C0
HSV       (h, s, v)(--°, 0%, 75%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(192, 192, 192)
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 silverEdit

Pale silverEdit

Silver (Crayola)
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#C9C0BB
HSV       (h, s, v)(21°, 7%, 79%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(201, 192, 187)
ISCC–NBS descriptorYellowish gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Pale silver is the pale tone of silver color called silver in Crayola crayons.

Silver has been a Crayola color since 1903.

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

Silver pinkEdit

Silver Pink
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#C4AEAD
HSV       (h, s, v)(3°, 12%, 77[4]%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(196, 174, 173)
ISCC–NBS descriptorGrayish yellowish pink
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color silver pink is displayed at 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.[5]

Silver sandEdit

Silver Sand
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#BFC1C2
HSV       (h, s, v)(200°, 2%, 76[6]%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(191, 193, 194) Color List
ISCC–NBS descriptorLight greenish gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color silver sand.

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

Silver chaliceEdit

Silver Chalice
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#ACACAC
HSV       (h, s, v)(--°, 0%, 68[7]%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(172, 172, 172) Color List
ISCC–NBS descriptorLight gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At 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 silverEdit

Roman Silver
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#838996
HSV       (h, s, v)(221°, 13%, 59[8]%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(131, 137, 150)
ISCC–NBS descriptorBluish gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At 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 silverEdit

Old Silver
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#848482
HSV       (h, s, v)(60°, 2%, 52[9]%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(132, 132, 130)
ISCC–NBS descriptorGreenish gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color old silver.

Old silver is a color that was formulated to resemble tarnished silver.

The first recorded use of old silver as a color name in English was in 1905.[10]

Sonic silverEdit

Sonic Silver
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#757575
HSV       (h, s, v)(--°, 0%, 46[11]%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(117, 117, 117)
ISCC–NBS descriptorDark gray
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

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

Silver in natureEdit

  • A silver birch is a tree in the birch family. The leaves are whitish silver on underside.
  • A silver fir is a valuable timber tree that originated in Europe.[12]
  • 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 cultureEdit

  • 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/or 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.[17]
  • The 25th wedding anniversary is called the silver anniversary and guests at a 25th wedding anniversary party are expected to bring gifts made of silver. By extension, the 25th anniversary of any important 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.[20]
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 highest award for GS Cadettes in Girl Scouting of the United States of America (GSUSA) is the Silver Award.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 204; Color Sample of Silver: Page 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. ^ Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #C4AEAD (Silver pink):
  5. ^ Plochere Color System Archived 2008-10-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #BFC1C2 (Silver Sand):
  7. ^ Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #ACACAC (Silver Chalice):
  8. ^ Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #838996 (Roman Silver):
  9. ^ Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #848482 (Old Silver):
  10. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 189; Color Sample of Old Silver: Page 99 Plate 38 Color Sample A1
  11. ^ Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #757575 (Sonic Silver):
  12. ^ a b c d Mish, Frederic C., Editor in Chief Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.:1984--Merriam-Webster Page 1098
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Barusch, Amanda (2013). "The Aging Tsunami: Time for a New Metaphor?". Journal of Gerontological Social Work 56: 181–4. 56 (3): 181–4. doi:10.1080/01634372.2013.787348. PMID 23548140. S2CID 41067427.
  15. ^ Charise, Andrea (2012). [ ""Let the Reader Think of the Burden": Old Age and the Crisis of Capacity.""] Check |url= value (help). Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  16. ^ Newsweek--June 7, 2010--"The Rise of the ‘Silver Divorce’":
  17. ^ The American Girls Handy Book, p.369
  18. ^ Greenhouse, Herbert B. The Astral Journey New York:1975 Doubleday Page 46
  19. ^ Silverdome Sells for $583,000:
  20. ^ "Magical Properties of Colors". Wicca Living. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  21. ^ Andrews, Vincent (2010), The Leatherboy Handbook, The Nazca Plains Corp., ISBN 978-1-61098-046-3
  22. ^ Hankycode on Archived 2007-12-06 at the Wayback Machine access date 2012-03-30
  23. ^ Hankycode on access date 2010-03-30
  24. ^ Hanky Code on Sacramento Bolt website

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