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MATERIALS & PROCESS

HANDCRFTED & HANDMADE:

Sand casting is one of the oldest casting processes, dating back at least 2000 years. The sand casting method was first recorded by Vannoccio Biringuccio in his book Pirotechnia published in 1540.

Yara Sophia uses the sand casting method for making all our metals. This process involves the use of a furnace, metal, pattern, and sand mold. The metal is melted in the furnace and then ladled and poured into the cavity of the sand mold, which is formed by the pattern. The sand mold separates along a parting line and the solidified casting is removed. The sand used in each mold is 95% reused which minimizes waste and requires less material. The metals are then cut, sanded and polished by hand. 

ORGANIC IMPRINTS:

This process can leave dents, tiny holes, and irregular, unexpected forms in the metal as the sand leaves its natural imprint. However, this is exactly why we love sand casting and what makes our pieces unique and special, as no two pieces are ever alike. 

METALS:

We believe that our jewelry should be worn every day and last a lifetime. Some will form wear and tear or nicks and scratches. With the exception of solid gold and continuum silver, sometimes tarnishing will occur with use. 

Our metals are not covered in a plastic coating to keep it from environmental reactions. We prefer to keep them as natural as possible and because of this, it will likely change over time. This is the nature of organic materials and we feel it often adds to the character of the piece.

TYPES OF METALS WE WORK WITH:

Continuum Sterling Silver is invented and developed by Stuller and has over 95% precious metal content. This high-end sterling silver will outperform other sterling silvers presently available. Continuum has a much higher as-cast hardness that allows setting of high quality stones in a sterling silver jewelry product. The improved as-cast hardness and a much tighter grain size allow a better finish that will last longer. It provides superior oxidizing and tarnish resistance than other high tech sterling silver alloys. Continuum sterling silver’s mechanical properties fall between those of 14kt yellow gold and most other sterling silver alloys.

Solid 10, 14, & 18k Gold is durable and long lasting. All gold is combined with other metals (alloys) to make it stronger and change its color. Alloys add strength but in order to achieve the best balance between the strength of alloys and the valuable and desirable properties of gold, three different degrees of karat gold combinations have become standard: 18K, 14K, and 10K. Solid gold is lighter in weight and since it is a soft metal, it is prone to scratches and dents.

Gold-Filled Jewelry consists of 2-3 layers of solid gold (mechanically bonded or pressed) over a base metal such as brass or copper. These layers of solid gold can have different karatage (10K, 14K, 18K and 24K). Gold filled jewelry is a typically a better alternative to gold plated or gold vermeil jewelry as it won’t tarnish and is much more durable. However, after about 20-30 years, you can begin to see some slight fading of the color.

Vermeil, also known as “silver gilt”, refers to high quality (pure or sterling) silver that is plated with a thin layer of gold. Most vermeil jewelry available now is created by electroplating the silver with gold, a chemical process that uses an electrical current to bind the two metals together. In order to be considered as true vermeil jewelry in the US, the piece has to meet certain qualifications. For instance, the gold on the piece needs to be at least 2.5 microns thick, and at least 10k or higher.

Herculoy, a silicone bronze, is known for its strength and corrosion resistance. Similar to the color of 14k gold, Herculoy has the ability to take and hold a high polish with its rich copper color.