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Alabastrite

Bone China

Porcelain

Jade Porcelain

Stoneware

Patchwork

Cubic Zircon

Diamond

Gold

Gemstones

Pearl

Sterling Silver

Hong Tze

Frosted Acrylic

Gypsum

Dolomite

Plumb

Disclaimers




Alabastrite
Alabastrite is a product line name for polyresin items. Alabastrite is a stone-based material which can be intricately molded producing great detail, and will allow paint to adhere. These items may be cleaned by dusting, however, they should not be washed with water as they are painted with water soluble paints.
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Bone China
White clay with bone ash added. Bone ash content must be at least 25% by U. S. guidelines. Fired at 1800 degrees. The translucent material is finished with a glaze or underglaze (matte). Lighter, stronger, more expensive than porcelain.
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Porcelain
Fine ground white clay, molded and fired in an oven for eight hours at 1200 degrees. Finished with a glazed, underglazed, or "bisque" finish. Glazing produces a high gloss; underglaze produces a matte finish. Bisque is a matte finish without glaze. After finishing, the item is "cooked" for six hours at 800 degrees.
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Jade Porcelain
Jade porcelain is a type of porcelain made with a finer clay. Usually no glaze or only a colorless glaze will be applied at the final firing to show off the very smooth surface and to preserve the translucency. Example:
29127. Jade Porcelain is used for night lights because of its high degree of translucency when lit.
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Stoneware
White clay with fine ground stone.  Working with stoneware demands great expertise, and is in fact becoming a lost art. Stoneware is safe to use in microwave and conventional ovens.
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Patchwork Items
Unique fabric or paper prints are applied to the surface of porcelain, dolomite or polyresin items. After application, 12 layers of lacquer are added and the item is hand polished to a high gloss between each layer.
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Cubic Zircon
The most successful simulated diamond. Properties such as refraction, hardness, and specific gravity are remarkably similar to diamonds. Example:
27432. Cubic zirconia are very hard to distinguish from diamonds; sometimes a jewelers loop will be needed to see the difference.
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Diamond
Extremely hard, highly refractive colorless or white crystalline of carbon. Diamonds, like all gemstones, are judged in terms of Carats, or weight (different from Karats, as in gold purity).
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Gold
The ultimate precious metal. Virtually indestructible, amazingly malleable, doesn't rust or tarnish. Graded by purity; in the U.S. a scale of 24 is used, so 24 Karats (24K) is 100% pure. 18K is 18 parts gold and 6  parts alloy (other metals), and so on. 10K is the legal minimum for Karat-graded gold. The word "Plumb" indicates the exact purity of the piece.
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Gemstones
Rubies, sapphires, emeralds and amethysts, often treasured as birthstones, fall under the category of gemstones. (See our
Birthstones chart to determine the one right for you.) Gemstones are priced and graded by Carat weight.
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Pearl
A smooth, lustrous, variously-colored deposit formed around a grain of sand in the shell of a certain mollusk. Pearls may be formed naturally or "cultured" through an artificial implanting process.
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Sterling Silver
To qualify as "sterling" a given piece must be composed of a least 92.5% pure silver.
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Hong Tze
To closely emulate a special stone found in China which is known for its deep red color, these items are created using an alabastrite polyresin. Hong Tze pieces are highly polished, further bringing out the intense, deep red color.
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Frosted Acrylic
Acrylic items are given the French Lilac process, (used on glass), to achieve the distinctive frosted look. Example:
27205. The drama of frosted glass without the weight.
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Gypsum
Gypsum is a white mineral which is usually used to make Plaster of Paris.
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Dolomite
A magnesia-rich, sedimentary rock resembling limestone, dolomite is either gray, pink or white in color.
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Disclaimers
Hand-painted and handcrafted items may vary slightly in color or size when compared to others of the same item. Figurines, carvings and hand-painted items of porcelain, alabastrite, ceramic, wood, stone, glass, etc., are created by various artists and artisans. Each brings an individual and personalized talent to his or her work, making these products truly one-of-a-kind creations.

Manufacturing design changes occur from time to time. Although we believe our products are as pictured in the product images, we have no control over minor variations that the manufacturer may make in style or design. The manufacturers of musical items may occasionally substitute appropriate tunes based on availability. We reserve the right to fulfill orders with substantially similar merchandise of equivalent value as received from our suppliers.

Images of the products that appear on our website may vary in color from the actual product because of technical constraints when converting them to computer formats and differences in the user's computer monitor settings. Product details cannot be fully replicated in our images due to the limitations of computer monitor resolution and the small size of our image files that is required to provide quick download times. Product images are not proportionally sized to other product images. All dimensions provided in product descriptions are close approximations.
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