MATERIALS / FINISHES
FAIR TRADE PRINCIPALS
Handcrafted and (mostly) Earth Friendly Materials
Our statues, flags, jewelry and gifts are made in India,
China, Nepal, the USA and Canada from a variety of organic materials including Ganges
clay, Gypsum stone, cast pewter and brass, cold cast bronze, pewter, marble and
wood. Polymer resins are used in a variety of our products as well.
Ganges river clay is rich in minerals and
history. The Ganges is considered a Goddess in her own right, entering the earth
after trickling through Shiva's matted hair and flowing out from under a glacier
high in the Himalayas. She travels across northern India to reach the Indian
Ocean near Calcutta and Bangladesh. Many holy bathing ghats line Her shores.
Hereditary artists harvest our clay not far from the sacred Kali Ghats from
which Calcutta gets its name.
Gypsum stone or Bonded Stone is an artist's
castable material used for making models and statues. Gypsum has the amazing
property of forming curved crystals in the earth called Selenite. Crescent
shaped Selenite is named after the Roman Moon Goddess, Selene. So when you buy a
Gypsum stone statue, it is made from crystals of the Goddess of the Moon.
Brass is mostly made of copper, a metal sacred
to the Goddess Venus since ancient times. As Aphrodite, she originally came from
the island of Cyprus, a land rich in copper deposits. Our brass statues harken
back to the smith work sacred to the Goddess of Cyprus.
Our pewter is a lead-free alloy used for
jewelry and small statues. This gives them a weighty feel and deep silver / gray
hue. It holds fine detail well, and makes a durable figure.
White Bronze: White Bronze based semi-precious metal alloyed
with other non-toxic metals, such as zinc, for incredible strength and luster.
This metal is nickel and lead free as well as hypo-allergenic. This beautifully
crafted White Bronze, looking just like silver when it comes off the polishing
wheels in the jewelry production, is additionally heavily plated with Sterling
Silver to give it a True Just Like Silver look.
jewelry: copper does not rust, but it does oxidize, which means the color
turns darker. Some people like the darker color while others do not. The darker
color (oxidization) can be removed with a jewelry polishing cloth.
Resin is a modern matrix of hydrocarbons. While
resin is a man-made material we can still find the Goddess at work. The word
matrix implies the Great Mother in her birthing form, hydro means water and
carbon comes from the earth. And besides, it's a really durable and versatile
medium. OK, it's not the most earth friendly of the list, but we couldn't make
statues with projecting arms or ones suitable for outdoor use without it!
Cold Cast Bronze, Cold
Cast Pewter and Bonded Marble are usually foundry-cast and produced in a
pressure tank used to get bubbles out of the mold and the finished sculpture.
These products are essentially resin combined with bronze powder, pewter powder
and marble powder. The patina for the cold-cast bronze is built into the
material used for casting, but there is a lot of hand-buffing, a process done by
the artisan's hand. Finished pieces of both products are then often sealed with
clear polyurethane to protect the finish. They are heavy, detailed, and a little
shinier than 100% metals, and they actually look better than solid bronze. We
think this new material is a fantastic compromise that keeps the beauty,
substantial weight and quality, and detail of bronze while keeping replicas
affordable. Because metals on the world market have nearly tripled in cost in
the past few years, 100% metal statues of the same size would be several times
the cost of our cold cast bronze and pewter statues. 100% marble would also be
two to three times the cost.
CARE: Our artists are continually improving materials. Caring for this cold cast
bronze is done by wiping down with a clean, dry cloth. No chemicals, polishes,
sprays or liquids should be used, and we find that it shines them up nicely.
OUTDOOR USE: Resin-based
products like the cold cast bronze statues are made of some of the most durable
materials available. Lightweight and easy to relocate, resin statues come in a
variety shapes and sizes. But when painted, as they often are, colors may fade
over time when exposed to the elements of sun, wind and water. However, a coat
or two of a clear protectant will preserve the colors on your resin statuary for
years to come.
Bonded Stone and Bonded Marble
Statues: Usually composed of marble dust, stone, bauxite, acrylic or polyester
resins and pigments. Powders are mixed with resins, and pigments added to the
Cultured Marble: Cultured
Marble is a precise blend of polyester resin, catalyst, fillers and pigments
that is thoroughly mixed and placed into open molds that have been coated with a
clear gel coat. The gel coat is specially formulated to produce a tough,
durable, transparent surface resistant to wear. The manufacturer produces a
unique range of colors, patterns, and veining. Besides being much less costly
than natural marble,
it has other advantages as well.
Most of our items are original artworks created by our sculptors, carved out of
clay, stone, or wood. Here, one of our sculptors uses sculpting clay.
Once the original is carved, a mold is made, usually out of
silicon. Here a casting of the Egyptian Goddess Selket is taken from a silicon
Crushed stone in a liquid resin medium is poured into a silicon mold where it
solidifies into a hard stone that reproduces all the detail and texture of the
All the finishes are done by hand. Many finishes include color detailing, a
labor intensive process where colors are applied with small brushes by our
Consumer Jewelry Guide
Everything you need to know about Sterling Silver Jewelry
Fine vs. Fashion Jewelry
The world of jewelry comes with its own vocabulary. Depending on the materials
composing it—not the final price—the jewelry you purchase is either fine
jewelry or fashion jewelry. Simply put, fine jewelry is made entirely from
precious metal and/or non-synthetic gemstones—with some exceptions. Gold
vermeil (gold plating over sterling silver) is considered “fine”, but gold
or silver plated over other base metals is not.
Fashion or costume jewelry, on the other hand, consists of synthetic stones or
non-precious metals, or is a mixture of natural, precious and created or
non-precious materials. Search for sterling silver under “Fine Jewelry” and
be sure to read product descriptions to filter out plated and lesser-quality
How do I know I’m buying sterling silver?
Laws in the United States, Canada, the U.K., and many other countries dictate
that alloys containing less than 925 parts silver per thousand cannot be stamped
or sold as sterling silver. When you buy sterling silver, look for markings like
“sterling” and “925” stamped directly onto the piece of jewelry.
Sterling silver plated jewelry will not be stamped 925.
That said, many jewelry manufacturers falsely advertise purity, mixing other
(often toxic) materials or higher proportions of the alloyed metals while
stamping “925” on each piece they manufacture. Oftentimes, online sellers
import inferior products unknowingly. Customers purchase and leave negative
feedback for these unsuspecting retailers, who end up paying fines and penalties
on the behalf of dishonest manufacturers.
This can be avoided by becoming informed about the products you want to buy. If
sellers don’t provide information, ask! One way to determine whether the
silver you want to buy is as-advertised is to request assay certificates, which
offer proof of silver content in a melted sample.
The quickest way to determine silver purity, however, is to find trustworthy
brands sold by online retailers, or see if these reputable manufacturers sell
their jewelry retail. Product reviews are helpful in determining quality but
should be considered along with other factors. Look for environmental and labor
standards as indicators of honesty and other company values, as well as unique
copyrighted designs, guarantees, and any informational content aside from the
products sold by these manufacturers.
The more you know about these companies, the better equipped you are to find the
best value for your money!
our pewter jewelry partners are very
conscientious about using the planet's metallic materials. All of our pieces are
handmade one at a time from pouring each piece through the final touches of
polishing each one individually. We take great care and pride in creating our
pieces by hand in an old fashioned manner. In this way we are not only keeping
the images and meanings alive but also the skill and techniques of the Master
White Smiths of times past.
Plated Pewter: Gold
plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of
another metal, in this case, lead-free pewter. Often copper or silver are used
in gold plating, and the surface is applied most often by chemical or
Pewter Jewelry - Final Clear Coat:
When finished our pieces are dipped in a tarnish shield designed to protect the
surface from darkening. We find that some environments can effect this clear
coat. If you find a piece begins to tarnish just treat it as you would Sterling.
Find a nice quality jewelry polish cloth, or silverware polish cloth and rub it
once in a while. Avoid liquid metal cleaners as it will remove the dark
oxidation in the lower parts of the design and loose the nice contrasts between
the bright and darker parts of the piece.
Our pieces feel different than other pewter because we choose a Lead Free Pewter
which is very close to the ancient Britannia mix. This mix is famed to have been
created in England around 2000 years ago. In essence it is the flip of the old
world bronze and brought about an abundance of a beautiful white metal. It
contains copper which helps with the color, feel, and overall vibration of the
metal. Also we take the time and care to polish the pieces to our unique very
White Bronze and Nebula: An
innovative new semi-precious metal alloy as a deliberate and specific response
to the economic times; but not for the reason or in the manner one may think.
Nebula and Jeweler's White Bronze has a stunning Silver-like luster without the
price of Sterling, giving everyone the opportunity to own the beautiful designs
that inspire them!
This new Semi-Precious metal alloy is nickel and lead free as well as
Our Collection is a value-priced alternative to silver for the cost-conscious.
This patented new semi-precious metal is created to meet high quality standards
and each piece of the collection is crafted with the same attention to detail as
our silver jewelry line.
With the same highly-polished look as Sterling Silver, but at a considerably
lower cost, Jeweler's White Bronze helps to make stunning designs more
affordable and just as inspiring!
How Nebula is Crafted
Nebula is a tin based semi-precious metal alloyed with other non-toxic metals,
such as zinc, for incredible strength and luster. Nebula is nickel and lead free
as well as hypo-allergenic. Earring hooks are made of sterling silver.
Statuary Finishes: A Wide Variety:
Our finishes are hand applied
using water based pigments and paints. Hand painted statues are detailed and
polished by artisans. Other finishes are meant to replicate the look of a
specific material such as Terracotta or Red Bronze. Still others are made to
duplicate the original finish of an actual artifact, such as red/black or
The handmade nature of our statues means that the finishes
will occasionally vary. Please view this as part of the artist's license with
his work. We are continually striving to improve our products, and this may
cause changes as well.
Water based finishes are best protected with a sealant such
as satin spray polyurethane (from any hardware store). If it is going to
be used near water for rituals or pujas, sealants will keep the paint from
running and the clay intact.
Flags and Banners:
Goddess flags and banners come from Bali,
Indonesia and Kathmandu, Nepal for the most part. They are either printed
(cotton flags from Nepal) or hand batik'd through a fascinating process that
involves wax and an artisans touch. The step by step process can be found at
this link: http://www.expat.or.id/info/batiksteps.html
Jewelry: Our jewelry that features
semi-precious stones is American-made and comes to us from a variety of artisans
on the east and west coasts. Whenever you select a stone to be placed in a
pendant or earrings, our artisans carefully choose a stone to place in your
customized piece. Please allow extra time for delivery. Domestic orders will
usually be in your mailbox within two weeks unless you hear from us. Some of our
jewelry is also imported.
Goddessgift.net works with wholesalers who are dedicated to the principals of
Fair Trade. Fair trade offers an excellent means of ensuring that purchasing has
a positive impact on poverty reduction. Trade is one of the most effective ways
of reducing poverty. Fair-trade can make a significant contribution to helping
poor people receive more of the benefits of trade, improve the prices they are
paid and raise consumer awareness.
Fair Trade Federation (FTF)
members link low-income producers with
consumer markets and educate consumers about the importance of purchasing fairly
traded products which support living wages and safe and healthy conditions for
workers in the developing world. FTF provides resources and networking
opportunities for its members and acts as a clearinghouse for information on
fair trade. Find out more here: http://www.fairtradefederation.org
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Policy: Global Gifts
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