Many of our pieces feature natural materials so colours and markings will inevitably vary slightly from piece to piece.
Gold has signified wealth and status since ancient times and may have been the first metal used by man in ornamentation and ritual. Because of the softness of pure gold (24 carat), it is usually alloyed with base metals for use in jewellery in order to make it more durable. The high price of gold is due to its rarity. Only three parts out of every billion in the Earth's crust is gold. In mythology gold has long been associated with the Sun and is believed to bestow vitality on the wearer. The Latin word for gold – aurum – derives from Aurora the Greek goddess of the dawn.
Our gold-filled jewellery is made using fourteen carat gold. It is composed of a solid layer of fourteen carat gold, bonded by means of heat and pressure onto a base metal such as brass or copper. The gold layer is at least fifty times thicker than that used on a gold-plated item. Gold filled jewellery usually looks like gold and is usually very hard wearing. It is sometimes referred to as rolled gold.
Leather used in the designs of Pia accessories is carefully selected for its beauty and durability. Leather is a natural skin and has its own unique marks that enhance the characteristics of the product making each piece unique.
Silver is a highly malleable metal with a brilliant white metallic lustre that can take a high degree of polishing. This has led to its huge popularity in jewellery where it is combined with copper to make it more durable. This alloy has been known as “sterling silver” since the 13th century. The minimum fineness of silver allowable in sterling silver is 92.5% which gives rise to the term “925”. Since ancient times, silver has been closely associated with the moon and lunar influences. Diana the Roman goddess of the moon hunted with a silver bow.