925 Sterling Silver
Fine silver is 99.9% pure and is generally too soft for producing functional objects; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength while preserving the ductility and beauty of the precious metal. Other metals can replace the copper, usually with the intent to improve various properties of the basic sterling alloy such as reducing casting porosity, eliminating firescale, and increasing resistance to tarnish. These replacement metals include germanium, zinc, and platinum, as well as variety of other additivesm including silicon and boron. A number of alloys, such as Argentium sterling silver, have appeared in recent years, formulated to lessen firescale or to inhibit tarnish, and this has sparked heavy competition among the various manufacturers, who are rushing to make claims of having the best formulation. However, no one alloy has emerged to replace copper as the industry standard, and alloy development is a very active area.
Belcho Jewelry is handmade by designer Marie K. in her Los Angeles studio. A self taught jewelry artist, Marie's passion for nature and unique design led her to start handcrafting her own jewelry. Each style is made with a detailed eye and meticulous craftsmanship. The vision behind Belcho is to bring nature, motion and texture together to yield contemporary and lightweight feminine designs for every woman as well as give back to those in need. Marie is extremely passionate when it comes to children and animals. As a mother and a rescue pet owner, she strives to support these efforts as much as she can. For every piece sold she gives a percentage of the profits to various children's and animal rescue charities. Belcho USA Jewelry is committed to socially responsible sourcing and manufacturing to minimize environmental impact. She only uses 100% refined and recycled brass alloy to create this unique line of jewelry.