Silver is a chemical element with symbol Ag (from the Latin argentum, derived from the Greek ὰργὀς: "shiny" or "white". A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it exhibits the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any metal. Silver as a metal is found in the Earth's crust in the pure, free elemental form or "native silver" and in minerals such as Argentite and Chlorargyrite. Silver has long been valued as a precious metal and while it is more abundant than gold, it is much less abundant as a native metal. As one of the seven metals of antiquity, silver has had an enduring role in most human cultures. Easy to see why when you take in the different Departments listed below.