As someone who has lived and worked in Japan I want to point out
that the main silver they use is 950 not 925
It is expensive but beautiful to work with. I have a good number of
sheets stamped with the 950 and when I make something using this
prized (by me if no one else) I make sure it is something to be very
happy and proud of. Remember this is the country which developed
shakudo for the swords handles and I also have a nice collection of
sheets of this plus the bag of mysterious 'chemical’s to bring out
the lovely deep black color on the copper + gold mix metal. I had
contacts when I lived there but could still not get a list of the
chemicals in the dip nor the percentage of gold in the copper-gold
Japan like the rest of Asia. or maybe more than the rest of Asia is
on the ‘keep it all a mystery’ system to make sure the methods are
kept secret and special.
This is not a criticism but just a piece of
Keep up the beauty of life.
Sharron in Dry, hot, and sandy Bahrain. Moving soon…and happy
to get over to lush K.L.