About the metals and other materials used in our jewelry


Alpaca silver is often the material of choice for those who craft jewelry by hand. It's malleable and can be bent into shape with pliers alone, while mimicking the sheen and appearance of silver. It's much more affordable than authentic silver jewelry -- a plus when shopping on a budget. High-grade alpaca does not stain and is hypoallergenic, making it ideal for those with silver and metal allergies.


An alloy composed of varying proportions of copper and zinc, usually about 2 parts copper to 1 part zinc.

Clam Shells

From various bivalve mollusks. The very numerous species of fresh-water mussels are often called clams.

since ancient times.


A mineral consisting of a bright green basic carbonate of copper. Malachite owes its formation to the alteration of other copper minerals, and is therefore often found in the upper parts of copper mines. When present in sufficient quantities, it may become an important ore of copper.


The hard iridescent internal layer of sundry shells, as the pearl oysters and the abalones.

Stainless steel

An alloyed of iron, chromium, and, carbon, virtually immune to rust and corrosion.

Resin (also Rosin)

A substance exuded from various plants and trees and used in varnishes, plastic, etc.

Source: "Lincoln Library of Essential Information"  The frontier Press Company, Buffalo, New York 1938