All pieces which contain more than 7.8 grams
of sterling or Hill Tribe silver have been hallmarked by the
The hallmark consists of three marks - my
own personal sponsors' mark (NC), a mark indicating the standard
of fineness of the silver (925), and the anchor mark of the
Birmingham Assay Office.
Pieces which contain less than 7.8 grams
of silver are not required to be hallmarked.
Sterling Silver - 92.5% pure silver.
Fine Silver - 99.5% pure silver.
Hill Tribe Silver - hand worked silver from
tradional craftsmen of the Karen Hill Tribes people of Thailand,
95-99% pure silver, with a unique appearance.
Bali Silver - intricately worked silver
from traditional Balinese craftsmen, with a similar silver
content to sterling silver.
Vermeil - 22k gold which has been bonded
onto sterling silver.
Silver and gold ceramic beads - These are
hand formed ceramic beads from Greece, which are fired in
a kiln. A coating of copper is then applied to the beads,
and they are fired for a second time. Finally a layer of either
fine silver or gold is applied, and the beads fired in the
kiln for a third time. This fuses the metal to the ceramic,
resulting is very beautiful, and hard wearing beads.