This metal is mostly used as a commodity currency. It can also be used for making attractive decorations.
Silver is a precious, uncommon material. It is ill-suited for industrial or structural use, but is recognized as a trade currency which all traders will readily accept. Furniture, recreation sources, and sculptures built with silver tend to have very impressive beauty values, and it can also be used to produce slightly better-than-average blunt weapons (though this is rarely a wise use of the metal). Although an equivalent value of Jade has higher beauty and blunt damage meaning that Jade is a preferable resource to use if it is available. It is a small volume material, similar to gold, so weapons and art made of silver will require ten times the units of a normal resource.
Silver is also a necessary ingredient in building sterile tiles, which improve the rate at which your colonists do research and reduce the chance of infection during recovery from wounds. Sterile tiles boost cleanliness up to 0.60 (Sterile).
Tiles of silver ore can be found on any map, but must be mined before they can be used. All traders carry a significant amount of silver on them, and will happily trade it for your goods. Non-tribal raiders may carry silver with them when they attack. Ancient ship parts often drop silver when destroyed. Once you've completed the research necessary to construct a deep drill, it can also be found in midsize deposits underground.
Silver ore tiles have 1,500 health each, making them one of the faster ores to mine. They can be found in midsize veins, ranging from 4 to 12 tiles in size. Each mined block has a base yield of 40 silver, however this is modified by factors such as the Difficulty setting and the mining yield of the pawn. Notably, a healthy pawn requires Mining skill of 8 or better for maximum yield.
Despite being literally made of RimWorld's currency, silver ore has the smallest monetary yield per tile of any ore. All other ores except compacted machinery have the same yields but produce resources worth more than 1 silver each, while compacted machinery makes up for its much smaller yield with a significantly more valuable resource.
Silver is used in the following crafting recipes: