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All the jewelry items are handmade in different countries. Some of the jewelry is "vintage". Because of the handmade nature of the item or the age it is normal to see some imperfections and/or flaws which are usually not found on an item manufactured commercially. This of course - in our opinion - adds beauty, originality and charm to the item.
About "silver"... many of our products are listed as "silver". In different countries silver is usually a mixture of silver along with other material, like copper, zinc, etc. If an item is pure silver and contains a mark identifying it as "sterling silver", it will be mentioned on our website. Otherwise you will see items marked as "Indian silver", "Tibetan silver", etc. Sterling silver is an alloy having at least 92.5% of silver and the remainder 7.5% usually copper, the minimum millesimal fineness is .925. Fine Silver 99.9% pure is generally too soft for producing large functional objects and in sterling silver is usually alloyed with copper to give strenght while preserving the ductility of the silver and a high precious content.
When you see the mention "Alpaca", it means that it is not a STERLING SILVER, but looks like Sterling .925. It has lesser value than the sterling .925 does. Alpaca is silver mixed with other material, i.e. copper, zinc alloy, etc. In others words when Silver contains an alloy of more than 7.5% of any other materials, it will become Alpaca.