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Decoding Hilltribe Silver Symbols

The most common symbol found in many hilltribe silver pieces is the chakra flower, often labeled simply as ‘flower print’. It looks like a dot surrounded by 6 dots of the same size and has been used repeatedly throughout traditional Hill Tribe Silver pieces. The artisans call this symbol the ‘Pod Duang’, although this is […]

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Silver Found to Make Antibiotics Thousands of Times More Effective

It’s been known to ward off bad luck, vampires, and werewolves, but carrying silver is not all superstition. In 400 BC, Hippocrates talked about the antimicrobial benefits of silver, and for centuries humans used the metal to prevent infections in wounds and keep food and water fresh. We know today that nanosilver is used in […]

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Pleasing Patina

The purer the metal, the slower time has an affect on it. This has been true in metallurgy since the copper, bronze, and iron ages. Pure iron is much more resistant to rust, and likewise, pure silver is more resistant to oxidization. That said, the patina on silver is some of the most visually beautiful […]

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Timeless

Ten years ago, Shiana began introducing microns-thick gold vermeil to our product lines (that’s the same standard used for the gold plating on high-quality items like Prada buckles and Rolex watches). The gold flower in this bracelet was our very first gold vermeil item. We put it here for testing and wore it extensively for […]

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