Wednesday, October 23, 2013

**Why I only use USA cast pewter charms**

Frequently I am asked why I only use USA cast pewter in my Jewelry.   It’s simply the quality, safety, beauty and as I like to say “lasts a lifetime” of these USA produced charms .

But, let’s talk about why you will never find Tibetan “pewter” charms in my jewelry.  Tibetan charms are sold by the 1,000’s on Etsy and Ebay, and almost every charm bracelet I see on those venues are created with these charms.  Tibetan charms are about 1/8th the cost of USA cast pewter. 
**Here is why you will never find Tibetan charms in my jewelry**

What I know:
Tibetan charms are heavy, brittle, lack the detail and the thin silver plating wears off quickly.  Just take a polish rag and you will be able to remove the finish in about 10 seconds or less.

From Wikipedia:
Currently, jewelry, beads and castings described as 'Tibetan Silver' tend to be a base iron'cheese metal' casting, overlaid with this pewter and silver plating and are easily broken due to a loose, fragile inner casting. The latter productions are therefore only suitable for small castings up to around 12 mm, or transient 'fashion' jewelry with a short lifespan.

Ebay disclosure:
Metallurgical testing of twelve items offered for sale on EBay as Tibetan Silver indicates that these articles frequently contain no silver whatsoever. In addition, test results from the initial tests in 2007 found that high levels of lead and other dangerous metals such as arsenic can be present.

USA Cast Pewter (Blackberry Designs Jewelry):
Although all pewter contains trace amounts of lead, the term "lead free pewter" is used to describe pewter that meets the stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standard. The predominant metal used to make pewter is tin.  Tin can be considered a precious and expensive metal. It's the 4th most precious metal in common usage after platinum, gold and silver. It also has a long-standing history as it has been mined and used to make objects both decorative and functional for over 3000 years.  Craftsman have rediscovered the glowing beauty and practical function of fine pewter. Pewter jewelry components have the luster and detail of antique sterling silver, more economical to manufacture, will never tarnish or turn, and lasts a lifetime.

Blackberry Designs Jewelry
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