Tibetan Metal is the Product Name for Alloy Cast beads with an Antique Silver finish or other Antique finish in Gold, Bronze or Red Copper.
These items are made from an combination of Zinc Alloy, Tin & Copper with some having Nickel and small traces of Silver, Gold or Bronze used for the plating process.
These items have the look of Silver but are not Silver.
Much has been said about Tibetan Metal containing high levels of Lead, although now many items may contain no Lead or just trace amounts from the manufacturing process.
There are some products sold by TianQi Handmade contain Tibetan metal which is sourced from suppliers, many of them are sourced with NICKLE FREE and if an item is we will state this in the product description. We cannot 100% guarantee all our Tibetan metal is nickle free and lead free because it really depends on our suppliers. However, we always try our best to get the best quality materials we can to make sure all our products are in good quality.
If you are aware that you have allergies to jewellery we do not recommend you use Tibetan Silver products. We would like to see you shopping happily.
The EU Nickel Directive - Effective January 2000
Items that come into direct contact with BROKEN skin (earrings and piecing) are only allowed to contain a maximum of 0.05% (mass) of Nickel
Items of Jewellery which would come into prolonged exposure to the skin are only allowed to release 0.05 microgrammes per square cm per week.
Tarnish of Beads
All metal beads will tarnish over time due to oxidisation, even STERLING SILVER
To bring your products back to life we recommend cleaning with a silver cleaning cloth