The philosophy of Silver Forest of Vermont is to create wearable art that transcends fashion trends. Nature, the environment, ancient cultures, and a subtle sense of humor influence their designs. All of their jewelry is hand crafted in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
All EARWIRES are surgical steel that is plated with a minimum of 9 mils of gold. There is NO NICKEL used in the plating process, so the earwires are certified nickel-free. Metal-sensitive customers can buy Silver Forest earrings with confidence.
All STONES are genuine semi-precious, never plastic. Glass beads, natural materials, and genuine Austrian Crystal are also used to accent the jewelry.
The gold tone finish is a tarnish resistant 18k gold finish over brass, the silver tone finish is a tarnish resistant rhodium over brass, and the copper finish is a rose gold over brass.
Most of the METALS in Silver Forest jewelry consist of raw brass or copper elements. Each shape or disk is cut and rolled out with a texture, from a raw sheet of metal. There are 12 different textures and over 1000 shapes.
All of the jewelry is soldered together, never glued. This creates a slight variation in every piece, which gives the ambiance of wearable art.
There are three color processes, which are used in the finishing of the jewelry:
The ceramic color process is a heat baked color process, which creates depth to each piece. The colors are opaque, and because the finish is baked, the ceramic will last longer than other paint processes. It is important to note that there will be slight color variations in the jewelry due to the different textures on the metal.
The second process is the patina finish, or oxidized brass. This treatment creates a speeding of the oxidation of the metal, and each piece of metal reacts differently to the treatment. This is the beauty of patina, and no two pieces will ever look exactly alike.
The third color process is a hand-painted color wash. The wash medium is a special formulation containing acrylic and lacquer which creates a very durable translucent finish. This color process is used to reveal the texture of the metal and have a sueded silk appearance.