Made with handmade venetian
glass from the Island of Murano, an island close to Venice in the Venato
district, using traditional methods which date back 600 years. Glass rods
are fused onto copper rod 'mandrels' adding leaves of precious gold or silver
foil, then adding further layers of coloured glass into a round glass bead
which is then formed into the final shape. The final item is then cooled
slowly in an annealing oven to relieve internal stresses to prevent cracks
when cold. The copper rod is then clipped close to the glass then dissolved
in acid. Glass making was moved from Venice to Murano in the thirteenth
century to remove the risk of fire.
Founded at the end of
the 18th century by Daniel Swarovski, the Austrian manufacturer is synonymous
with the finest cut crystal ornaments, chandeliers, jewellery and components.
In 1956 in conjunction with Christian Dior, Swarovski developed the Aurora
Borealis (AB) coating which gives the crystal reflection shimmering every
colour of the rainbow.
We source components directly from the factory adding them to Sterling silver
components to make jewellery to treasure for a lifetime.
The king of Thailand
has encouraged the local hill tribes of the mountainous regions of Northern
Thailand to return to their traditional crafts in place of opium poppy cultivation.
One of these tribes, known as the the Karen tribe have re-developed their
traditional silversmith skills, manufacturing a unique style of high silver
content items. 'Fine' silver with over 99.9% pure silver is used since it
is easy to work with the primitive hand tools used.
Sterling silver has
a silver content of 92.5% alloyed with copper and nickel which increases
it's straight and helps resist tarnishing. Often abbreviated as STS. Components
weighing over ¼ Troy ounce (7.78 grammes) are hallmarked. Smaller components
need not be marked but many are stamped '925'.
Base Metal with a 24
karat gold layer mechanically applied. The gold content is 1/20th the total
weight of the component. The gold is much thicker than a gold plated item.