pieces in this collection come with safety closures?
Yes, all pieces that require special security come with added
Yes, all the work is guaranteed.
the markings mean?
We mark all of our pieces with the initials of the original
designer, the initials of the silversmith that produces the work,
980 which is the quality of silver we use, and "by Krika" to
indicate that the quality of the reproduction is under our control.
the references mean?
These are relatively recent books that photographically display
these designs. We abstracted some of our designs from photographs
of the original pieces. You will note that our "Ovals & Circles" design
by Hector Aguilar differs from the photograph in the book (Silver Masters of Mexico, p. 65). The author and photographer
were in error. The necklace was photographed in-side-out. We produced
the original design correctly.
so special about these designs?
One of the wonderful qualities of jewelry is that not only
does it enhance your appearance making you look more beautiful,
it feels so right that you feel more beautiful. That is the special
quality of this work. You will not only look terrific, you will
feel terrific wearing it.
Sterling silver is a mix of pure silver and pure copper.
Pure silver is a very soft metal -- it dents, bends, and loses
form. With added copper, silver becomes harder. Standard sterling
silver is 925, meaning it is a mix of 925 parts of silver mixed
with 75 parts of copper. That is today's standard around the
world. When the first wonderful Taxco designers began working,
not have the machinery to work with very hard metals, like today's
sterling. They worked with purer silver because of its malleability.
Their hand tools were adequate to turn the metal into jewelry.
One of the wonderful features of working with more pure silver
is that the jewelry does not tarnish as quickly and it has a
more brilliant shine than sterling. Its softness means it will
on a patina of wear that is your personal impact on these pieces.
You will make them truly your own.
you have further questions, please contact us at: Krikaworks@yahoo.com