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(Grants Pass, Oregon)--Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®, America's Favorite Beading and Jewelry Supply Company®, announces a new line of affordable silver-plated jewelry components from Hill Tribes, including items styled for the American market.
After several years of producing only fine sterling silver beads and components, the Hill Tribes silversmiths of Thailand continue to adapt their products to the needs of the jewelry industry in today's challenging economy. With the continued increase in silver pricing, the Hill Tribes had to make changes to actively stay in business.
To do this, they introduced their own line of affordable plated jewelry components on both brass and copper bases. For many years these artisans were used to handling pure silver, fine-tuning their skills, techniques and equipment to this one medium. Since copper and brass are harder metals to form, the artisans had to develop new methods and invest in a new set of tools to maintain their standard of handmade quality. Along with devising new production techniques, the artisans also developed a new selection of links, drops, focals and clasps styled for the American market with smoother, simpler, more elegant designs.
You can learn more about the Hill Tribes artisans with these articles:
- ''A First-Hand Look at the Creation of Hill Tribes Plated-Metal Beads and Components''
- ''Chris and Stuart's Amazing Hill Tribes Silver Adventure''