We are often asked about our liquid silver jewellery (known as silver silk in Australia) so I thought it might be useful to provide a little more information about this amazing jewellery and also how to make sure you get the right piece for you.
Liquid silver was created by Native American artisans in New Mexico. The shimmering "liquid" look is created by stringing hundred of tiny sterling silver tubes onto fine threads to create flexible strands of shimmering silver which look like they are solid strands of liquid silver. To get the perfectly smooth finish the beads themselves are machine made so that each and every one is exactly the same size and weight and diameter so that they fit together seamlessly. They are made from flat ribbons of silver which are formed into tubes and then cut. These beads are threaded onto the threads and supplied to artisans to create their own jewellery in whatever length and number of strands required.
Liquid silver is sold all over the world but be aware it is not all the same! I have never heard of anyone using anything less than real sterling silver (they are just too difficult to make to be worth faking) BUT there are a number of different thicknesses of bead available, and the choice of stringing thread varies from manufacturer to manufacturer which means that not every strand of liquid silver is the same.
Now, there is nothing wrong with the cheaper versions. They are still sterling silver. They still look good but you need to understand what you are buying so that you can make an informed choice about the money you spend.
Pieces made with the lighter weight beads are MUCH cheaper because they use much less silver. While the beads may not look very different on a photo, they are made with much thinner sheets of silver so each tube is less silver and more "hole". This reduces the weight dramatically and therefore the price. With silver prices going through the roof I am sure more and more people will look at downgrading to the lighter weight beads to allow them to maintain their prices. The upside of these lighter weight beads is that the bracelets and necklaces that are made with them are MUCH cheaper. The downsides are that they are much more fragile and susceptible to kinking and because they weigh so little they tend not to drape as well as the heavier pieces, which makes them feel "cheap" and means they lose some of their shimmering impact.
The heavier pieces, feel heavy against the skin, and drape beautifully to create the shimmering silver waterfall effect that people fall in love with. They are also extremely durable despite their fragile, delicate look.
When it comes to stringing materials, to get the lovely shimmering liquid illusion you need a soft flexible thread. We use jewellers silk (like you use to string pearls). Some people use nylon or jewellers wire, which is stronger but tends to be more rigid and give a slightly different drape. Again, it's really a matter of personal choice.
Here are our top tips for choosing the right piece of liquid silver jewellery for you:
1) Decide whether you want a necklace or a bracelet.
2) Decide how many strands you want.(we have bracelets in 20 or 30 strands & necklaces in 10 or 25 strands)
3) Decide whether you want all the strands the same or similar length; like our Sylvia necklace; which create a thick stream of silver or different lengths; like our Sylvania, which gives you a more delicate multistrand effect.
4) Decide what length works best on you by measuring a necklace or bracelet that that already fits. Bear in mind that the thicker the bracelet or necklace the longer it needs to be to produce the same length when worn so if you're using a piece with a different thickness as your base measurement, adjust it by a centimetre for ever 5mm of difference in thickness.
5) Shop around and find the pieces that fit your requirements and then most importantly of all...
6) COMPARE WEIGHTS! Comparing weights will immediately tell you what kind of beads are being used and will allow you not only to choose the weight and style of piece you want but also to compare pieces that may look the same online but have completely different prices.
To give you a simple example. We offer a heavyweight 30 strand liquid silver bracelet for £150. I have seen 30 strand liquid silver bracelets of the same size for £75-£80. The difference in weight? Ours weighs 21g, these others 10-12g. Twice the weight = Twice the price.
Now the cheaper liquid silver is still silver, and it is still perfectly good, it's simply a matter of budget and personal taste. Just make sure you know what you're getting for the price you choose to pay. No matter what you decide this amazing jewellery really is beautiful and I am sure will be a pleasure to wear for years to come.
Once you own your liquid silver, it should last you for year. The strands are studied than they look and it is simple to clean by gently pulling the piece between your fingers while holding a silver polishing cloth.
As with all Corazon Latino jewellery, our liquid silver is backed by a no quibble money back guarantee so why not give it a try and see what it looks like for yourself.