I take pride in my high standards of workmanship and use only the finest materials. All my beaded pieces are strung on premium quality professional beading wire and elastic cord from reputable suppliers.
Most of my designs are constructed using silver plate and alloy metals helping keep my designs affordable. Sterling silver is available on request.
Many of the pieces are made with Tibetan silver beads and clasps. This is an alloy of several metals, much like pewter, which may only contain traces of silver.
All the findings I use are sold to me in good faith as nickel & lead free and in accordance with EU guidelines.
I use good quality silver-plated acrylic beads in a number of designs. These look just like metal but are deceptively lightweight allowing me to create bold designs that are also comfortable to wear.
Glass and Crystal
I use a variety of different glass beads in my designs. I enjoy using silver foil beads, made of transparent glass lined with silver, for my bolder designs and beads with an AB or aurora borealis finish when I'm making more delicate pieces. This is a coating usually applied to one side of a glass or crystal bead that gives the surface a rainbow effect. Firepolished glass beads from the Czech Rupublic are another favourite of mine, as are crystals for their clarity and sparkle.
I use a variety of semi-precious stones - my current favourites are amethyst, ametrine, rainbow fluorite and agate. The colour of many stones is sometimes enhanced with special dyes, so leaving your jewellery in direct sunlight is not advisable since some colours may fade over time.
I do not buy or use any natural coral since I don't wish to contribute in any way to the destruction of the world's coral reefs.
The pearls I use are cultured freshwater pearls from China. Occasionally I add good quality glass pearls to my designs. When I do, I state this clearly in the description of the piece.