Technicolor Raincross Correction

November 17th, 2009 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG

Whew, it’s been busy and hectic the last few days, so much so that I published information about the new enameled Technicolor Raincross without double checking with our enameler, Mr. Fusager of Magick.  When he saw the last two posts, he found these mistakes.

First, the new piece will be enameled on fine silver (100% pure silver), not sterling silver (traditionally 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper).  Sterling silver, with it’s small portion of copper, can oxidize during the heat of enameling and “stain” the colors. Because of the purity of fine silver, the enamels retain their ultra bright color. The bail of the new pendant will be sterling silver, a new sterling alloy made with a small amount of argentium, for minimal oxidizing.

And, alas, the piece will not be available in karat gold– for similar reasons– the colors won’t be bright enough on karat gold. We will be working to create a Vermeil version for those who like the color of gold rather than silver. Vermeil is a heavy gold plating over a silver base.

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