Each Taliswoman piece of jewelry is made completely by hand at my studio in Madrid, New Mexico. There will be slight variations to each piece within a production series that add to the uniqueness of your purchase, therefore each piece is usually numbered within a particular series.
Taliswoman Materials & Care Sheet
Taliswoman designs are created using sterling silver, which is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of sterling and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925. The bronze used in some Taliswoman designs is a jewelry grade alloy made of 88% copper and 12% tin, which makes it easily malleable and lustrous with a rich reddish-golden brown hue. The red brass used in some designs is an alloy comprised of copper and zinc. The Bronze and Red Brass cuffs and rings may darken some people's skin or leave a slightly greenish stain, depending on the acidity of the wearer's skin.
Taliswoman Jewelry is oxidized (darkened) with a Liver of Sulpher Patina to bring forth the complex hand-texturing and stamping to create a contemporary, yet organic look. To protect the finish and oxidation, I seal my pieces with a microcrystalline wax called Renaissance Wax, used by museums all over the world. However, the Renaissance Wax will wear away over time like any other protective coating. Additional oxidation may occur as well, as is the nature of sterling even when protected with the wax. If the darkening bothers you, you can clean and buff the piece by lightly scrubbing it with a fine #000 grade steel wool. Don't worry about scratching the finish, as all the textures and marks on the surface become an intrinsic part of the design esthetic!