Happy Spring Everyone! 
Things are warming up and we are busy getting things ready for the new season.  This past winter we were fortunate enough to visit and shop both Mexico and Bali where we found wonderful new jewellery styles and designs.  We brought home lots of great, new pieces which we are looking forward to showing off at our upcoming shows.  Here are some events planned over the next few weeks.
 
Swirlicous & Friends
May 4th  10-4pm
Carambeck Community Centre, Carleton Place
 
Mother's Day @ the HerbGarden
May 12th  11-4pm
The Herb Garden, 3840 Old Almonte Rd
 
City of Ottawa - United Way Fundraiser
May 30th  9-4pm
100 Constellation  Ottawa
 
 
Book your Event!
If you are interested in organizing a Home Party, or a Corporate Fundraising Event, call or email to discuss and reserve a date.
 

Silver Desire
Almonte, ON
 
 

 

 

 

 

What is Sterling Silver?

 

There are a couple terms used frequently to describe the silver content in pieces manufactured in silver.  We are familiar with the terms sterling silver, and the identification mark of .925 on various silver items but do you know what they mean?

 

Sterling silver is actually an alloy, composed of 92.5% silver, and 7.5% of other metals added.  The .925 stamp commonly applied is directly based on this ratio and is a convenient means to identify sterling silver. Typically, but not always, the metal added is copper.  The best sterling silver therefore is composed of pure silver and pure copper in this ratio, as has been the practice for centuries.

 

Silver by itself is a very soft, precious metal.  Too soft in fact to be fashioned into coins, jewellery, silverware and other common objects.  The addition of copper provides the required added strength and ductility necessary to craft silver into many fine things.  It is the addition of copper, however, which causes sterling silver to have the tendency to tarnish.  Pure silver does not tarnish.