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What Are Our Products Made Of?

 

Alabastrite

Cubic Zircon

Hong Tze

Bone China

Diamond

Frosted Acrylic

Porcelain

Gold

Gypsum

Jade Porcelain

Gemstones

Dolomite

Stoneware

Pearl

Plumb

Patchwork

Sterling Silver

P65

 

   

Alabastrite

Alabastrite is the product line name for polyresin items. Alabastrite is a stone-based material which can be intricately molded producing great detail, and will allow paint to adhere. These items may be cleaned by dusting, however, they should not be washed with water as they are painted with water soluble paints.

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Bone China

White clay with bone ash added. Bone ash content must be at least 25% by U. S. guidelines. Fired at 1800 degrees. The translucent material is finished with a glaze or underglaze (matte). Lighter, stronger, more expensive than porcelain.

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Porcelain

Fine ground white clay, molded and fired in an oven for eight hours at 1200 degrees. Finished with a glazed, underglazed, or "bisque" finish. Glazing produces a high gloss; underglaze produces a matte finish. Bisque is a matte finish without glaze. After finishing, the item is "cooked" for six hours at 800 degrees.

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Jade Porcelain

Jade porcelain is a type of porcelain made with a finer clay. Usually no glaze or only a colorless glaze will be applied at the final firing to show off the very smooth surface and to preserve the translucency. Example: 27112. Jade Porcelain is used for night lights because of its high degree of translucency when lit.

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Stoneware

White clay with fine ground stone. Working with stoneware demands great expertise, and is in fact becoming a lost art. Stoneware is safe to use in microwave and conventional ovens.

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Patchwork Items

Unique fabric or paper prints are applied to the surface of porcelain, dolomite or polyresin items. After application, 12 layers of lacquer are added and the item is hand polished to a high gloss between each layer.

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Cubic Zircon

The most successful simulated diamond. Properties such as refraction, hardness, and specific gravity are remarkably similar to diamonds. Example: 27432. Cubic zirconia are very hard to distinguish from diamonds; sometimes a jewelers loop will be needed to see the difference.

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Diamond

Extremely hard, highly refractive colorless or white crystalline of carbon. Diamonds, like all gemstones, are judged in terms of Carats, or weight (different from Karats, as in gold purity). TDW is Total Diamond Weight.

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Gold

The ultimate precious metal. Virtually indestructible, amazingly malleable, doesn't rust or tarnish. Graded by purity; in the U.S. a scale of 24 is used, so 24 Karats (24K) is 100% pure. 18K is 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloy (other metals), and so on. 10K is the legal minimum for Karat-graded gold. The word "Plumb" indicates the exact purity of the piece.

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Gemstones

Rubies, sapphires, emeralds and amethysts, often treasured as birthstones, fall under the category of gemstones. Gemstones are priced and graded by Carat weight.

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Pearl

A smooth, lustrous, variously-colored deposit formed around a grain of sand in the shell of a certain mollusk. Pearls may be formed naturally or "cultured" through an artificial implanting process.

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Sterling Silver

To qualify as "sterling" a given piece must be composed of a least 92.5% pure silver.

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Hong Tze

To closely emulate a special stone found in China which is known for its deep red color, these items are created using an alabastrite polyresin. Hong Tze pieces are highly polished, further bringing out the intense, deep red color.

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Frosted Acrylic

Acrylic items are given the French Lilac process, (used on glass), to achieve the distinctive frosted look. Example: 27205. The drama of frosted glass without the weight.

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Gypsum

Gypsum is a white mineral which is usually used to make Plaster of Paris.

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Dolomite

A magnesia-rich, sedimentary rock resembling limestone, dolomite is either gray, pink or white in color.

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California Proposition 65

Important Notice

California Proposition 65 requires notices about potential exposure to certain chemicals.

Certain products in the Collectibles section are required to meet applicable federal standards for food safety. However, the materials used in printing the decorations found on the exterior of the ceramic and glass products listed below contain trace amounts of lead and cadmium, chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

We chose to put a warning on our website. The warning reads as follows:

WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive toxicity.

The method employed to transmit the warning must be reasonably calculated, considering the alternative methods available under the circumstances, to make the warning message available to the individual prior to exposure.

This warning requirement applies to all sales to California residents and to products shipped into California. You should refer to the website of the California Office of Envirornmental Health Hazard Assessment, www.oehha.org/prop65.html, for information about the requirements of Proposition 65 and its applicability to you.

We will place the warning in our catalogs, and in the product that is shipped to our customer. 

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