Tibetan Silver - Is actually not Silver
A lot of modern jewellery will be labelled as Tibetan Silver, alluding to it being real silver , made in Tibet. But these do not actually contain any real silver in them at all, but rather high copper and sometimes other dangerous materials. It iwll tarnish extremely quickly, and sometimes also develop that green residue on your skin.
As such, their pricing will actually be relatively cheap compared to real 925 silver.
Metal Alloy - usually non precious metals
This can be a combination of any metals, and is typically your cheapest option.
Because the composition is typically unknown, people with sensitivities can have allergic reactions.
The finish may tarnish more easily, or leave black colouring on your skin more readily.
Stainless steel is a corrosion-resistant alloy of iron. It is extremely hard, making it less prone to damage from scratches, is great for many people who have allergies to materials contained in general metal alloys, or copper in sterling silver.
It doesn't tarnish like other metals, retaining it's sheen.
925 Sterling silver is an alloyed formed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper.
The copper gives it more strength, however it is also what makes it tarnish, and need polishing.
Some 925 silvers will come electrocoated, or rhodium plated to reduce tarnishing, but with wear and tear, even these will become susceptible and need polishing.
Pure silver will not tarnish like 925, however it is also extremely malleable and thus rarely used for jewellery unless in wire form.
Gold is a soft metal. and can be combined with copper to create rose gold, or silver and palladium to create white gold.
Pure Gold (24 carat) is rarely used as it is extremely "soft". Beacuse of this you will often see k, 10k, 14k, 18k, 24k labelled gold.
9k being the hardest, and the lowest of pure gold in it. In turn, this makes it more affordable.
Typical to common belief, Gold will tarnish also, but not to the degree of silver.
I use freshwater pearls, in natural or dyed colours.
Different leathers are used in my creations including cow , kangaroo, pig, deer, and others.
Epoxy jewellery resins are durable, usually clear or translucent, man made material, used to set hair and other materials in a mould.
Although resin is hardy and durable, it still needs looking after, and removing when:
- Applying perfume or lotion
Store your resin pieces away from heat and sunlight! Avoid leaving in the sun, as UV rays can discolour what is inside the resin and sometimes cause the resin to discolour. This cannot be reversed.