Raw Materials

Raw Materials.

Metals and Minerals 

Gold

Princesa Inca® has a solid master's degree in "Jewelry and Goldsmith Sculptural" in gold, a metal that has a shine that evokes the light of dawn and the brilliant rays of the rising sun.

Gold is more than gold, it is like worshipping the light that has the material that refers to the sacred, and that has been used since the beginning of time, a pure and very malleable metal that is always used with an alloy to increase its resistance, varying from pure gold to white, pink, yellow, etc.

A metal that contains the mystery that never rusts, which means that its shine resists the effects of time, only the fact of seeing it, of feeling its magic makes one reflect on why it captivated all civilizations and especially the Pre-Columbian, a symbol of purity, the majesty that takes on another dimension, of a work of art.

In the workshop, for example, gold is used to extract threads, which are used to make flexible and silky necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, etc. to then work it in polishing, satin, polishing, finishing and engraving to combine it with precious and semi-precious stones, a constant dialogue between designers and gemologists, where each one uses his skill and successful aesthetic sense to transform a design into a Pre-Columbian creation splendid.

 

Silver

It was always considered a precious metal, formerly symbolizing the moon, purity, and femininity.

Luminous white silver is harder than gold, it has the highest electrical conductivity of all metals, it is very ductile and malleable, it is easier to work with silver because it is softer, it achieves a better finish, excellent shine and it is less expensive than gold.

There are different types of silver, among the main ones we have:

999 Silver: Considered pure silver, since it provides the highest amount of purity and the highest Reflection Index.

950 Silver: Considered fine silver, it is an alloy of precious metals where 95% is silver, and the rest is another metal that typically in jewelry is usually copper.

925 Silver: Considered sterling silver, it contains 92.5% silver, and the rest is mainly made up of copper, although other metals sometimes appear.

Alloys are critical, sometimes to give it more hardness you can also add nickel and zinc.

Due to rising silver prices in recent years, silver art pieces with alloys of other metals have also appeared on the market.

If what you are looking for is “Jewelry and Goldsmith Sculptural" that is contemporary and inheritable, the best thing is that it be a precious piece in silver.

 

Copper

Copper is the oldest metal known to civilization.

Bright with a beautiful metallic red color, which in ancient times was believed to clarify feelings, making them long-lasting and permanent.

A noble, malleable, ductile metal, but less than gold and silver, which requires special care, an excellent conductor of heat and electricity after silver.

Sensual, soft, and harmonious, in a few words one of the most beautiful metals in the world, if we add its lightness, high malleability, ductility, and economic price, we will have one of the most suitable elements for the production of “Jewelry and Goldsmith Sculptural”.

Copper has a great capacity to form alloys with other metals since it makes them more durable and resistant to abrasion and deformation.

It also has therapeutic and alternative medicine properties as it is recommended to wear copper jewelry on the legs and arms.

There are many benefits that this beautiful metal brings us and even more converted into a piece of art.

 

Bronze

It is known since prehistoric times it is known as the “Bronze Age” to a period of humanity.

Bronze is not a pure metal, just as silver and gold are.

It is a “metallic alloy” of copper and tin, which can also include zinc, nickel, etc., a less rigid alloy than other metals, so it can accumulate less heat.

It has a beautiful metallic yellow-brown coloration, has great ductility, offers little difficulty in working, and is an excellent conductor of electricity and heat. It is resistant to atmospheric agents, acidic and alkaline waters, they achieve great mechanical resistance and a pleasant sound.

Due to its properties and varied applications, for thousands of years, it has been the primary alloy for the manufacture of weapons, minted coins, utensils, medals, silverware, and mainly beautiful sculptures.

Bronze is considered an improvement on copper because it is softer, lighter, and makes it possible to produce beautiful and durable “Jewelry and Goldsmith Sculptural" pieces.

 

Precious and Semiprecious Stones

They are visually appealing minerals formed from rocks or minerals, a charm of nature.

Due to man's connection to nature, man is very receptive to vibrations, awakening extraordinarily pleasant feelings from stones that receive, reflect, transmit, store light, and energy.

A precious or semi-precious stone is characterized in terms of dispersion, hardness, specific gravity, refractive index, gloss, fracture, and cleavage. It is also exceptional if it has a unique quality and quality to project beauty, emotion, and inner strength.

Since ancient times, our ancestors the "Incas" carried out a complicated task to acquire precious and semi-precious stones, although they did not have to make more significant efforts as the "Miners" do today, their acquisition was considered of great value and beauty as the I pray that they were sacred to offer and worship their gods and their worlds.

The Incas worked hard to make jewelry, goldsmiths, and sculpture in gold and silver inlaid with these beautiful stones. Thus, we can appreciate these sacred pieces, such as the "Inca Crown" adorned with gold, where the main material and the precious and semi-precious stones were the decorative elements destined to embellish the piece that included quartz, emeralds, and others.

Diamonds, opals, turquoises were also used in some gold scepters. One of the most representative pieces of the Incas was "El Tumi", a knife made of gold inlaid with precious and semi-precious stones, which contained blue and pink opals, turquoises, emeralds, diamonds, etc.

The use of these stones continues to be appreciated by everyone. Today more than ever, they shine at the heart of the creative process of “Jewelry and Goldsmith Sculptural”. This is why the creations of the Princesa Inca® house include the rarest, most exceptional, precious, and semi-precious stones that exist.

A beautiful portion of the mineral cut, polished and refined, worked as a work of great artistic value.