A pendulum can be made from a variety of materials. The nature and quality of these materials play a role in how well - or how poorly the pendulum functions. When selecting a pendulum, it can be all too easy to focus solely on the crystals or stones it has, while ignoring the type of metal it uses. But the metal matters as much as the rest and here's why.
When using a pendulum, you're working with energy and light. Silver is the most energy conductive metal on the planet. Right behind it, in the number two spot is copper. When you're using a pendulum, you're working with the transmission of energy and the metal that transmits this energy is a major factor in the pendulum's performance. Why not work with the best materials earth has to offer?
Silver is the most effective reflector of light that exists. For centuries, high quality mirrors were backed with pure silver for this very reason. Silver is the key element in the technology of photography - the art of light. And silver is the element of choice for makers of solar reflectors - devices used to capture the physical manifestation of light and convert it into heat and/or electricity. Are you wondering why this quality pertains to pendulums? It's simple. A pendulum is a fundamental tool for Light work and silver is the metal for working with light - be it physical, energetic, or divine.
Energetically, silver is considered the Moon's metal and can be used to enhance the psychic mind and intuitive powers. Silver is a precious metal mined from the earth. Silver and silver alloys have been used by humans for thousands of years for many different things: commerce, coinage, utensils, jewelry, decorative arts, industry, dentistry, and even as an effective disinfectant. In modern times silver is also known for a multitude of uses in photography, medicine, electronics, and industry.
"Sterling Silver" is an alloy - a mixture of two metals. In order to be called "sterling silver," by law, this alloy must contain 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metal, which is typically copper. Silver is a relatively soft metal in its pure form, but when combined with a hardening agent such as copper, it becomes very strong and very durable - retaining its value as a noble metal as well as its natural beauty and its highly conductive qualities.
Copper in it's pure form, like silver, is a highly energy conductive element of earth. But copper is not a precious metal and is much more abundant than silver. It is the metal that powers modern electronic technology. Copper has been employed by humans for over 10,000 years for a multitude of purposes. It's used in the modern world for water pipes, circuit boards, super-conductors, pots and pans, coinage, machine parts, roofing, decorative arts, and jewelry. It is tremendously versatile. This beautiful metal is also very useful in healing and divination. It can be used to amplify and straighten the energies of crystals or shield a person from electromagnetic pollution (computers).
1. Superior Energy Conductivity: Sterling silver and copper are the two highest energy conductive materials that exist. A pendulum made with either is predictably, consistently sensitive to subtle energy vibrations in a way that other metals are not.
2. Silver, Sterling Silver, Copper, and Gold vs. Everything Else: Let's talk about some other metals. I've outlined why I favor silver and copper, but I didn't mention gold. Gold is beautiful. Like silver, it's a precious metal and it's also a good energy conductor, though slightly less effective than silver and copper. The reason I don't us it for pendulums, is because of the cost. Gold is approximately 40 times more expensive than silver.
Then there's everything else - all other earthly metals fall at the low end of the energy conductivity scale. Even alloys that utilize copper are low in conductivity because when mixed with other metals, copper's natural conductivity is diluted by the other component of the alloy. A term for all non-precious metal alloys (those that contain neither gold nor silver) is "base metal." You typically find base metal used for things like zippers and costume jewelry AND in the chains of inexpensive pendulums, especially imports. These alloys of silver colored metal may resemble silver, but base metal never contains silver.
Typical base metal alloys vary in their content, but most are a combination of three or more of the following: copper, nickel, zinc, iron, tin, and unfortunately, occasionally lead or cadmium. By law, sellers of these items are legally allowed to refer to them as "Silver" (if they are silver colored), even though they contain no silver metal. A common example of this is "German Silver", an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc. There is no silver in German Silver. Misleading, isn't it? Because of its high nickel and zinc content, German Silver is a poor energy conductor, and not at all well suited to tasks involving energy work.
3. Longevity: Energy conductive silver, like gold, is a precious element or "noble metal" and it has lasting value. Energy conductive copper, though not a noble metal, is stable, does not corrode, is strong, and durable. Gold, silver and copper will last a lifetime and in fact, if cared for, it will survive beautifully for many generations.
4. Comfort and Safety: Both sterling silver and copper are skin friendly metals - unlike nickel, which is known to cause skin reactions in roughly 15 percent of the population. In most cases, people who have metal allergies have no problems with sterling silver or copper.
A good pendulum swings because, in spite of the holder's unintended muscle movements, subtle energy travels or "conducts" from the higher self through the arm, wrist, hand, and down the pendulum chain. This energy dictates the direction that the weight stone moves. The more conductive the metal in the chain, the smoother the transmission of this subtle energy. The conductivity of base metal alloys (again, not used in any of the AYP pendulums) will vary from weak to none, depending on actual metal content, a value that is almost never disclosed. Conversely, sterling silver and pure copper are both known values and as such, are consistent in their abilities to conduct energy well.