Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Berber silver?
A: Berber silver is a "pot metal." It consists of anything that is found in the desert on any given day. Typically, it includes things such as ancient coins, silverware, pure silver, bullets, pieces of automobiles. You never know. It is precisely this unique mixture that gives it its ancient look. It is also sometimes referred to as "North African silver."

Q: What is Tibetan silver?
A: Tibetan silver is an alloy that contains silver in smaller amount than sterling silver.

Q: How do I know that any of the ancient coins used in your jewelry are real?
A: All of our coins have been verified by our parent company, classicalcoins.com, one of the largest and most respected ancient coin companies on the internet. We certify their authenticity. You may rest assured that these are not fakes.

Q: I noticed that you have just listed necklaces. Do you have earrings to match any of these?
A: Almost all of the necklaces have matching earrings. Just give us time to add them to our web site, or feel free to ask, and we can email you photos. All of our earrings are designed for pierced ears, but we can substitute surgical steel clamp-ons at no extra charge.

Q: Why do all your necklaces have names?
A: These are individual creations -- our babies. Wouldn't you name your child?

Q: What is copal? Is it different than amber?
A: We call copal "Baby Amber." It's a resin that's in the intermediate stage between being sap and being fossilized like amber. In more technical language, it is in an intermediate stage of polymerization and hardening between more viscous and 'gummy' resins and amber. The word copal is derived from the Meso-American Nahuatl language word copalli, meaning "incense" -- which was its primary use in these civilizations. In modern times, it's often used interchangeably with amber in jewelry.

Q: What is your fascination with rabbits?
A: We raise house rabbits as pets, and find them the most fascinating of creatures! They are intelligent, playful, and like cats -- but without the attitude. Best of all, their pellets don't smell! A portion of every sale from The Warren collection goes to
B.U.N.S. (Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter) at the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelters. So spend lots of money!

Q: What is a rondelle?
A: A rondelle is a wheel or disk-shaped bead with rounded edges. It can be faceted or not. In jewelry, they are generally used as spacers.

Q: What are trade beads?
A: "Trade Beads" refer to beads made predominately in Venice and Bohemia and other European countries such as Germany, France and the Netherlands, from the late 1400s through to the early 1900s which were traded for goods in Africa and the Americas. The heyday was from the mid 1800s through the early 1900s, when millions of these beads were produced and traded in Africa. The Venetians dominated this market and produced the majority of the beads sold during this time.

Q: What are “white hearts?”
A: White hearts are a type of trade bead that was very popular in North America and Africa. The style was invented circa 1480, and consisted of an expensive color glass such as red (which is made using actual gold) over a cheap color, such as white, for the core.