We use three different methods
in the construction of our rosaries and artisan jewelry pieces.
wire wrapping - each bead
is triple wrapped using Sterling
Silver or Bronze wire. It takes approximately 10 hours to complete a 5-decade rosary
using this method.
stringing - beads are
strung using professional grade, nylon coated multi strand stainless steel
cable, or flex wire, with a test strength of 26 pounds
beadwork - seed beads are
woven into intricate designs using polymer beading thread
construction can pull apart with frequent use. Wire wrapped pieces will not pull
apart and wire wrapping actually adds to the beauty of the finished piece.
Our designs feature wire wrapped beads and connectors.
Flex-wire is strong, flexible and resists kinking. Flex-wire designs
are lovely and durable yet relatively inexpensive.
We use the finest quality
polymer beading threads for our woven jewelry pieces.
We hand select the finest
materials and components for our pieces. Our designs incorporate real and man
crystals, precious metals and glass beads. We also work with lead-free
metals and alloys such as copper, bronze and lead-free brass.
We do not use
pewter or base metal components such as zinc or pewter because they can contain small
amounts of lead.
We do use
crystals, such as Swarovski crystals, which contain 24-32% lead oxide to maximize
refraction, however none of our children's items contain lead
We do not use plated metals
in our designs because the plating wears off over time due to wear or
exposure to pollution.
strive to provide a wide range of rosary styles and materials that will appeal
to every taste. Are you looking for a particular gemstone? Contact us at Calistiana@rgv.rr.com.
Lead toxicity occurs when
inhaled or ingested. Lead is a very soft metal so handling lead containing metal
without proper hand washing can result in ingestion of lead.
do we use copper, bronze and brass but restrict the use of other base
is committed to providing products that are beautiful, lead safe and
affordable. In 2007, we decided to offer a
small selection of lead-free base metal products to provide lower cost options for the
budget minded consumer.
metal can refer to any number of metals and alloys including nickel, brass,
copper, steel, copper clad steel, zinc, tin/lead alloy or tin based pewter
alloy. Base metals do not always contain lead, however, lead is often added to
base metal to improve the properties of a given alloy. Lead can also exist
as an impurity in certain metals. Base metals corrode easily, therefore any
lead present in a given sample is likely to leach out.
carefully select the metals we use to ensure that they are lead-free. We use
two different bronze alloys, both of which are lead-free. In addition, we periodically
offer items containing copper. This copper is 99.9% pure and also lead-free.
of 2009, we now offer lead-free brass. Some brass on the market contains
lead. We are careful to purchase only lead-free brass items. Lead-free brass
as defined by California Assembly Bill AB 1953 contains "not more than
0.25 percent lead content".
Lead Crystal Safe?
leaches from Lead crystal in the presence of acid or
alcohol. Due to the fact that lead does not readily leach from Lead
crystal, we feel that Lead crystal is safe to use and wear for most
consumers. We do not, however, use lead crystal in any of our children's
more information on Lead toxicity please visit the following sites.
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