Friday, August 14, 2009

New Treasury - Be Still My Heart

My theme today - Be Still My Heart - came from AntiqueAli on Etsy - and the treasury celebrates heart themed jewelry - please enjoy!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New Treasury - A Day at the Carnival

The new treasury (A Day at the Carnival) I was able to create today highlights vintage jewelry w/a circus theme - I think my favorite is the lollipop brooch

Grades & Definitions of Silver

I've decided to compile a list of the grades of silver and their common names in one place as a handy reference.

Because silver is soft, it needs to be joined w/another metal, typically copper, to make it workable. The percentage of silver to the percentage of copper is what gives the silver its grade, as follows:

Fine.99999.9% silver to .1 % copper
Mexican.95095% silver to 5% copper
Sterling.92592.5% silver to 7.5% copper
Coin.90090% silver to 10% copper
German.80080% silver to 20% copper
Nickel and/or Alpaca Silvernot silver at all but an alloy of copper and nickel

Eilat & Sterling Pendant/Brooch
from Israel

Sterling Floral Brooch
by David Andersen