Silver and the moon:
For Nuosu people, gold is associated with the sun, and silver with the moon; since silver is much more common and less expensive, it plays a more prominent role in material and spiritual culture.
Adornment and wealth:
Nuosu people love silver jewelry and vessels; both men and women wear earrings and finger rings, and serving a guest out of a silver drinking vessel is a great honor. Silver jewelry also displays the wearer's family's wealth.
Silversmithing is one of the most honored professions of the Nuosu; some clans have a tradition of over 10 generations of smiths. In addition to silver, smiths can also work in gold, copper, brass, and often steel. They also make most of their own tools.