Types of Silver Products

Types of Silver Products

Silver is used in many different types of industries such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, dentistry, solar energy, photography, and so much more. It is such a versatile element that provides special properties in these industries.


In the dietary supplement and homeopathic medicine world, it can be overwhelming to determine which silver to purchase. There are many terms such as colloidal silver, ionic silver, silver hydrosol, protein silver, and more, which confuses everyone even more. Our chart below can help fill in the gaps:


Silver is used in many different types of industries such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, dentistry, solar energy, photography, and so much more. It is such a versatile element that provides special properties in these industries.


In the dietary supplement and homeopathic medicine world, it can be overwhelming to determine which silver to purchase. There are many terms such as colloidal silver, ionic silver, silver hydrosol, protein silver, and more, which confuses everyone even more. Our chart below can help fill in the gaps:


Silver is used in many different types of industries such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, dentistry, solar energy, photography, and so much more. It is such a versatile element that provides special properties in these industries.


In the dietary supplement and homeopathic medicine world, it can be overwhelming to determine which silver to purchase. There are many terms such as colloidal silver, ionic silver, silver hydrosol, protein silver, and more, which confuses everyone even more. Our chart below can help fill in the gaps:


  • Colloidal Silver
  • Homemade Silver
  • Ionic Silver
  • Silver Hydrosol
  • Silver Protein

Colloidal silver, sometimes called silver hydrosol, is a solution with pure water and nano-particles of bio-active silver. The silver is positively charged and forms nano-clusters protected by either H+ or water molecules. 



Colloidal silver made at home, usually with a battery, distilled water, and TDS meter. Most homemade colloidal silver is made in questionable conditions, with unverified sources of silver, water of varying degrees of purity, and a lack of controls throughout the process. 


Lastly, TDS meters do not actually tell how much silver is present. There are too many variables that affect the accuracy of TDS meters when determining the amount of silver in a solution. The only proven method to analyze the concentration of nanoparticle silver is by using an FDA-registered laboratory using the ICP-OES USP method. 

Ionic silver is a solution with positively charged Ag+ ions. Technically in chemistry, these are called cationic silver ions. They are floating around in a solution with another compound in water. It would be assumed these silver ions would form colloids, however, there are other compounds that have a negative charge which inhibits the potential of colloids forming.


Silver Hydrosol is another name for Colloidal Silver. Many colloidal silver products are made in uncontrolled environments, compromising its quality. Some have coined the term Silver Hydrosol as a marketing term to differentiate themselves. 

Silver protein is typically made by combing protein, such as gelatin, with various forms of silver. The types of silver used are not pure silver, as they are reacted to create a chemical compound such as silver nitrate. 


Silver protein products generally have very large silver particles, so large that they would not remain suspended without protein additives. Protein additives help keep the large particles from settling. Silver Protein products can have particle sizes up to 1000 times larger than colloidal silver, and most of these products are also sold in very high concentrations. Given the larger particle size and higher concentrations, Argyria is a known side effect of silver protein. 

  • Colloidal Silver
  • Homemade Silver
  • Ionic Silver
  • Silver Hydrosol
  • Silver Protein

Hydrosol silver is the same as colloidal silver. Hydrosol = “Hydro meaning water” + “sol”, meaning colloids (small particles suspended). Colloidal silver / Hydrosol silver is a solution with pure water and small particles of sized bio-active silver. The silver is positively charged and forms clusters of silver that form 0.8 - 1000 nm sized particles that are protected by either H+ or water molecules. 



Colloidal silver made at home. Usually with a battery, distilled water, and TDS. However, the silver is not controlled. TDS meters do not actually tell how much silver is present. 

Means Ag+ ions floating around in the solution.

Technically in Chemistry, these are called cationic silver ions. They are floating around in a solution with another compound in water. It would be assumed these silver ions would form colloids, however, there are other compounds that have a negative charge which inhibits the potential of colloids forming.


Silver Hydrosol is another name for Colloidal Silver. Many colloidal silver products are made in uncontrolled environments, compromising its quality. Some have coined the term Silver Hydrosol as a marketing term to differentiate themselves. 

Silver particles bind with a protein molecule. When it is in a solution, such as water, the Ag+ may break off from the protein and become an “ionic” silver. 


Silver protein products generally have very large silver particles, so large that they would not remain suspended as colloidal particles without protein additives. Protein additives help to keep the large particles from settling. Products consist of a combination of metallic silver particles and a protein binder, and can easily be produced by simply adding water to silver protein powder sold by various chemical companies.

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